Marco Dispaldro, Maria Cristina Caselli, Giacomo Stella

The grammatical morphology in 2;6 and 3 year old children

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Keywords: Production, grammatical ability, typical language

The present study explores the production of grammatical morphology. It investigates definite articles, direct object clitics and the third person inflection in the present tense verb form. Seventy-eight Italian-speaking children participated; they were divided in two groups: 2;6 to 3 years old. Results show that no grammatical morphology is acquired; the clitic pronouns are not produced at the age of 2;6 years. The study confirms that the production of the singular forms is greater than plural forms; the verbal conjugation is produced more than articles and clitics. Moreover the results confirm the presence of substitutions in the verbal conjugations; in the definite articles and clitic pronouns errors of omission occur.

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