Kristen Syrett

List of John Benjamins publications for which Kristen Syrett plays a role.


Semantics in Language Acquisition

Edited by Kristen Syrett and Sudha Arunachalam

[Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 24] 2018. vi, 391 pp.
Subjects Language acquisition | Semantics | Theoretical linguistics


Syrett, Kristen 2018 Chapter 12. Overt, covert, and clandestine operations: Ambiguity and ellipsis in acquisitionSemantics in Language Acquisition, Syrett, Kristen and Sudha Arunachalam (eds.), pp. 276–298 | Chapter
One of the major challenges on the path to becoming an adult speaker arises from ambiguous sentences – sentences that are in principle compatible with multiple interpretations. In this chapter, I review experimental evidence from a series of studies run with children age four to six years, focusing… read more
Syrett, Kristen 2018 Chapter 1. The historical emergence and current study of semantics in acquisitionSemantics in Language Acquisition, Syrett, Kristen and Sudha Arunachalam (eds.), pp. 2–18 | Chapter
Syrett, Kristen, Jennifer R. Austin, Liliana Sánchez, Christina Germak, Anne Lingwall, Silvia Perez-Cortes, Anthony Arias-Amaya and Hannah Baker 2017 The influence of conversational context and the developing lexicon on the calculation of scalar implicatures: Insights from Spanish-English bilingual childrenLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 7:2, pp. 230–264 | Article
Although monolingual children do not generally calculate the upper-bounded scalar implicature (SI) associated with ‘some’ without additional support, monolingual Spanish-speaking children have been reported to do so with algunos (‘some’), and further distinguish algunos from unos. Given… read more
Déprez, Viviane, Kristen Syrett and Shigeto Kawahara 2012 Interfacing information and prosody: French wh-in-situ questionsRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2010: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Leiden 2010, Franco, Irene, Sara Lusini and Andrés Saab (eds.), pp. 135–154 | Article
We present experimental evidence bearing on Cheng and Rooryck’s (2000) proposal that French wh-in-situ questions are licensed by an intonational morpheme also present in yes-no questions and their claim that such questions are ungrammatical without a rising contour. While most participants produced… read more