Aquisição de Exaustividade em Crianças Falantes de Português Europeu: In Textos Selecionados XXVIII Encontro Nacional da APL

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This study’s main objective is to see how children native speakers of European Portuguese acquire exhaustivity. This study compiles results previously obtained in Vaz (2010a, b) with a new study for universal quantification structures. For each test, 60 children were tested divided in three age groups (3, 4 and 5 years) and 20 adults as the control group. The results indicated that there is a significant difference between 4 and 5 year olds and that exhaustivity is associated with syntactic structure, even though it interacts with pragmatic factors. We concluded that exhaustivity is acquired at a different rate across structures (simple wh-questions > universal quantification > clefts > multiple whquestions), which we attribute to the varying complexity each display. Our results are in accordance with results found in other languages.
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationTextos Selecionados,
Subtitle of host publicationXXVIII Encontro Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística
Editors Maria de Fátima Henriques da Silva, Isabel Falé, Isabel Pereira
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherAssociação Portuguesa de Linguística
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-989-97440-2-8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventXXIX Encontro Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística - Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 23 Oct 201325 Oct 2013


ConferenceXXIX Encontro Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística


  • acquisition
  • exhaustivity
  • questions
  • clefts
  • universal quantification
  • aquisição
  • exaustividade
  • interrogativas
  • clivadas
  • quantificação universal

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