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Information structure in language acquisition -
The information status of referential expressions
The following subprojects deal with the acquisition of means marking the distinction between given and new information in discourse.
- Pronominal resolution in first and second language learners
- Intonation and reference maintenance in L2
- Word order in child language
- Acquisition of ‘givenness’ intonation in German
- Reference resolution in L1 and L2 Dutch and German
Scope and Finiteness
The following subprojects deal with the acquisition and use of scope bearing items, including finiteness marking.
- Additive and contrastive relations in L2 discourse
- Scope particles and information structure: perspective taking in L2 discourse
- The effects of fronting
- The acquisition of finiteness
Topic and Focus
The following subprojects deal with the acquisition of topic and focus marking.
- Intonation of topic and focus in child language
- The role of intonation and syntax in focus interpretation in children
- Interface between word order and intonation in children's focus marking
Members of the information structure project are also part of larger European research projects.