When acquisition and aphasia converge: the case of copula omission

Brunetto, Valentina, Kershaw, Charlotte and Garraffa, Maria ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1767-424X (2023) When acquisition and aphasia converge: the case of copula omission. Glossa-A Journal of General Linguistics, 8. ISSN 2397-1835

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This paper reports evidence for a convergence between child language acquisition and Broca’s aphasia in the domain of copula omission. Our data shows that, in the spontaneous speech of people with Broca’s aphasia (PWBA), copula omission is confined to aspectual predicates, replicating a finding previously reported by Becker (2002) for child English. This grammatical property is a much stronger predictor of copula omission than alternative, extra-grammatical factors, such as predicate length or utterance length. We argue that grammatical accounts which predict the fragility of Tense by virtue of its cartographic location, in terms of ‘tree-pruning’/ ‘growing trees’, fare better than others in explaining similarities in patterns of omission in these two populations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: language and linguistics,linguistics and language ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 09:33
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 01:28
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92074
DOI: 10.16995/glossa.9326


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