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Merging FeaturesComputation, Interpretation, and Acquisition$
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José M. Brucart, Anna Gavarró, and Jaume Solà

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553266.001.0001

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Number agreement in the acquisition of English and Xhosa

Number agreement in the acquisition of English and Xhosa

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(p.104) 6 Number agreement in the acquisition of English and Xhosa
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Merging Features
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Jill De Villiers

Sandile Gxilishe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553266.003.0006

The chapter considers the acquisition of number agreement in English, revealing asymmetries in production and comprehension. The possibility is explored that agreement is a post-syntactic phenomenon such that agreement on the target is inaccessible to interpretation. The consequences are explored for a radically different agreement paradigm, namely Xhosa.

Keywords:   production, comprehension, acquistion, interpretation, testing

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