Syntactic Development



The syntactic development of Indonesian children is slower than native Taiwanese children. Indonesian children do have difficulties in acquiring Mandarin syntax. The results of this study fail to support innatism since children did not pick up the correct language forms in their environment. However, common errors support that some innate constraints may be guiding their syntactic development. The creation of sentences that they had never heard before rejected the possibility of imitation. In addition, feedback on syntactic errors was given by neither Indonesian nor native mothers. Thus, behaviorism cannot explain syntactic development. Interaction plays an important role. Children who have more opportunities to interact with peers seem to develop better. Language acquisition is the result of interaction of innate constraints and input factors.


Relative Clause Function Word Sentence Type Spontaneous Speech Taiwanese Child 
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  1. 1.National Chiayi UniversityChiayiTaiwan

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