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    Experimental Evidence for the Truth Conditional Contribution and Shifting Information Status of Appositives.Kristen Syrett & Todor Koev - 2015 - Journal of Semantics 32 (3):525-577.
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    Crying Helps, but Being Sad Doesn’T: Infants Constrain Nominal Reference Online Using Known Verbs, but Not Known Adjectives.Kristen Syrett, Alexander LaTourrette, Brock Ferguson & Sandra R. Waxman - 2019 - Cognition 193:104033.
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    Lexical Disambiguation in Verb Learning: Evidence From the Conjoined-Subject Intransitive Frame in English and Mandarin Chinese.Sudha Arunachalam, Kristen Syrett & YongXiang Chen - 2016 - Frontiers in Psychology 7.
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    Investigating the Form-Meaning Mapping in the Acquisition of English and Japanese Measure Phrase Comparatives.Tomoe Arii, Kristen Syrett & Takuya Goro - 2017 - Natural Language Semantics 25 (1):53-90.
    We present a set of experiments investigating how English- and Japanese-speaking children interpret Measure Phrase comparatives. We show that despite overt cues to the comparative interpretation, children representing both languages diverge from their adult counterparts in that they access a non-adult-like ‘absolute measurement’ interpretation. We propose to account for their response pattern by appealing to proposals by Svenonius and Kennedy and Sawada and Grano that Meas in the head of the DegP, which houses the differential, selects for an absolute minimal (...)
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    Perspective-Taking With Deictic Motion Verbs in Spanish: What We Learn About Semantics and the Lexicon From Heritage Child Speakers and Adults.Michele Goldin, Kristen Syrett & Liliana Sanchez - 2021 - Frontiers in Psychology 12.
    In English, deictic verbs of motion, such as come can encode the perspective of the speaker, or another individual, such as the addressee or a narrative protagonist, at a salient reference time and location, in the form of an indexical presupposition. By contrast, Spanish has been claimed to have stricter requirements on licensing conditions for venir, only allowing speaker perspective. An open question is how a bilingual learner acquiring both English and Spanish reconciles these diverging language-specific restrictions. We face this (...)
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    An Experimental Investigation of the Scope of Object Comparative Quantifier Phrases.Kristen Syrett & Adrian Brasoveanu - 2019 - Journal of Semantics 36 (2):285-315.
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    QR Out of a Tensed Clause: Evidence From Antecedent‐Contained Deletion.Kristen Syrett - 2015 - Ratio 28 (4):395-421.
    This paper presents an argument based on evidence from experiments featuring Antecedent-Contained Deletion sentences situated in carefully-manipulated discourse contexts, that covert movement is not grammatically constrained by tense. ACD is a form of Verb Phrase Ellipsis in which ellipsis is embedded in its antecedent. Under an account appealing to Quantifier Raising, the quantificational phrase containing the ellipsis site raises to a VP-external position, allowing the VP to become the antecedent. When ACD is embedded in a non-finite clause, such sentences are (...)
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    The Perils of Interpreting Comparatives with Pronouns for Children and Adults.Kristen Syrett & Vera Gor - 2019 - In Daniel Altshuler & Jessica Rett (eds.), The Semantics of Plurals, Focus, Degrees, and Times: Essays in Honor of Roger Schwarzschild. Springer Verlag. pp. 185-216.
    We present the results of three experiments investigating the interpretation of comparative constructions involving pronominal reference in which binding Principle C is violated. We show that both children and adults retrieve interpretations that are not predicted. On the one hand, children appear to represent elided pronominal material functionally instead of in a strict identity relation with a pronoun on the surface, generating interpretations that are entirely unexpected from the perspective of the adult grammar. On the other, adult participants often appear (...)
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