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Yi (Esther) Su

Yi (Esther) Su

Thesis Details

Disjunction and downward entailment in child mandarin: An experimental investigation into the acquisition of semantic universals.

My thesis investigates 3-5-year-old Mandarin-speaking children’s acquisition of two semantic universal properties: (1) the inclusive-or interpretation of disjunction and (2) the semantic notion of downward entailment. The overarching aim is to assess the emergence of these semantic properties, in a study with Mandarin-speaking children. The second aim is to investigate children’s knowledge of several linguistic structures that have not been studied previously. A third aim is to offer these empirical investigations as a useful yardstick for assessing alternative models of language acquisition.

  • Type: PhD
  • Scholarship : MQRES
  • Supervisors : Professor Stephen Crain, Dr Rosalind Thornton, & Professor Thomas Hun-tak Lee (External)

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