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Tieu and Lidz on acquisition of NPIs

Fresh in Language Acquisition from 2012 visitor Lyn Tieu and then advisor Jeff, NPI licensing and beyond: Children's knowledge of the semantics of "any". The paper presents a study of 4-5 year-old children’s knowledge of the semantics of the negative polarity item (NPI) any, and shows that these children, like adults, interpreted it as quantifying over the largest domain available in the context.