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Acquisition of English Articles

asked 2015-03-19 13:01:30 -0500

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Is there any literature on the acquisition of the English definite and indefinite articles by L1 children?

Have any systematic progressions been noted that might be helpful in explaining the psychology?

Examples of misuse of personal pronouns and verb forms are shown in the FAQ, do similar progressions happen with the use of articles.

Certainly they vex L2 learners of English!

Thanks in advance for any input.

Roger Bissonnette

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answered 2015-03-20 06:48:59 -0500

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updated 2015-03-21 03:42:14 -0500

These two references may prove relevant to your first question:

  • A Functional Approach to Child Language. A Study of Determiners and Reference

  • The prosodic (re)organization of children's early English articles

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

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