PB2: Discourse-cohesive means in mono- and bilingual language acquisition

The research of PB 2 considers the development of intersentential anaphoric relations. Contemporarily, we are investigating the anaphoric capacities of null, personal, demonstrative and relative pronouns at the age of 3 to 6  in German, Russian and Bulgarian.  Main questions are: What criteria do children use to determine the anaphoric capacities of these pronoun types, i.e. what semantic or syntactic properties of antecedents are correlated with what type of pronoun? Are these correlations categorically determined or do children allow variation according to the context and varying property clusters? How do the criteria for anaphoric relations change over age?


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