Language Development and Disorders (LDD): research projects
Case marking errors in early child language
The most common type of pronoun case errors in English speaking children, are those in which children replace the subject/nominative pronoun with other case forms, such as the accusative and the genitive form. This causes children to produce utterances such as, me-for-I errors; “Me open it” , my-for-I errors; “My make red table” , her-for-she errors; “Her have some tea” and him-for-he errors; “Him can’t see” . In specifically looking at English children’s pronoun case marking errors, it is clear that the rates of errors across children vary dramatically and the types of errors that they produce also can differ greatly. In the current project we are investigating a wide range of theoretical accounts that aim to explain the origins and nature of these errors, with a specific focus on my-for-I errors.
Duration of the project
PhD Studentship 2011-2014
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology