Kate, Valentine and Jeff in Language

Now in Language, "Hope for Syntactic Bootstrapping" by Kaitlyn Harrigan *15 with advisors Valentine Hacquard and Jeffrey Lidz. The paper reports a suite of experiments which show that the children's interpretation of sentences with hope, an infrequent attitude verb, varies with whether it occurs with a finite or infinitival complement clause: kids take them to describe some sort of belief in the former case and some sort of preference in the latter. This supports the view that children treat syntactic frame as informative about an attitude verb’s meaning.