Julie in Frontiers on acquisition of control
Now out in Frontiers in Psychology from 2016 alum Juliana Gerard, Similarity-based interference and the acquisition of adjunct control, writing with Jeffrey Lidz and two collaborators at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics. The article asks why preschool-aged children do not uniformly understand nonfinite temporal adjuncts, such as "after tripping on the sidewalk," as being controlled by the subject of their host clause. On the basis of two comprehension experiments, it is argues that such errors may not indicate differences between the child and adult grammar. Rather, they may be explained at least in part as errors of similarity-based interference during memory retrieval in parsing.