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Can Infinitival to Omissions and Provisions Be Primed? An Experimental Investigation Into the Role of Constructional Competition in Infinitival to Omission Errors (2016)
Journal Article
Kirjavainen, M., Lieven, E. V. M., & Theakston, A. L. (2017). Can Infinitival to Omissions and Provisions Be Primed? An Experimental Investigation Into the Role of Constructional Competition in Infinitival to Omission Errors. Cognitive Science, 41(5), 1242-1273. https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12407

Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Cognitive Science published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Cognitive Science Society. An experimental study was conducted on children aged 2;6–3;0 and 3;6–4;0 investigating the priming effect of two WANT-constru... Read More about Can Infinitival to Omissions and Provisions Be Primed? An Experimental Investigation Into the Role of Constructional Competition in Infinitival to Omission Errors.

How do language-specific characteristics affect the acquisition of different relative clause types? Evidence from Finnish (2016)
Journal Article
Kirjavainen, M., Kidd, E., & Lieven, E. (2017). How do language-specific characteristics affect the acquisition of different relative clause types? Evidence from Finnish. Journal of Child Language, 44(01), 120-157. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000915000768

Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016. We report three studies (one corpus, two experimental) that investigated the acquisition of relative clauses (RCs) in Finnish-speaking children. Study 1 found that Finnish children's naturalistic exposure... Read More about How do language-specific characteristics affect the acquisition of different relative clause types? Evidence from Finnish.

Naturalistic data (2013)
Book Chapter
Kirjavainen, M., & Theakston, A. (2013). Naturalistic data. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied LinguisticsWiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781405198431

Chapter on collecting and analysing naturalistic data.

The effect of frequency and phonological neighbourhood density on the acquisition of past tense verbs by Finnish children (2012)
Journal Article
Kirjavainen, M., Nikolaev, A., & Kidd, E. (2012). The effect of frequency and phonological neighbourhood density on the acquisition of past tense verbs by Finnish children. Cognitive Linguistics, 23(2), 273-315. https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2012-0009

The acquisition of the past tense has received substantial attention in the psycholinguistics literature, yet most studies report data from English or closely related Indo-European languages. We report on a past tense elicitation study on 136 4a-6-ye... Read More about The effect of frequency and phonological neighbourhood density on the acquisition of past tense verbs by Finnish children.

Are infinitival to omission errors primed by prior discourse? The case of WANT constructions (2011)
Journal Article
Kirjavainen, M., & Theakston, A. (2011). Are infinitival to omission errors primed by prior discourse? The case of WANT constructions. Cognitive Linguistics, 22(4), 629-657. https://doi.org/10.1515/COGL.2011.024

This paper examines the suggestion that infinitival to omission errors in English-speaking children can result from competition between two constructions (Kirjavainen et al. 2009a). Kirjavainen et al. suggested that the acquisition of two (or more) c... Read More about Are infinitival to omission errors primed by prior discourse? The case of WANT constructions.

Investigating the contribution of procedural and declarative memory to the acquisition of past tense morphology: Evidence from Finnish (2011)
Journal Article
Kidd, E., & Kirjavainen, M. (2011). Investigating the contribution of procedural and declarative memory to the acquisition of past tense morphology: Evidence from Finnish. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26(4-6), 794-829. https://doi.org/10.1080/01690965.2010.493735

The present paper reports on a study that investigated the role of procedural and declarative memory in the acquisition of Finnish past tense morphology. Two competing models were tested. Ullman's (2004) declarative/procedural model predicts that pro... Read More about Investigating the contribution of procedural and declarative memory to the acquisition of past tense morphology: Evidence from Finnish.

The acquisition of relative clauses in Finnish; the effect of input (2011)
Book Chapter
Lieven, E., & Kirjavainen, M. (2011). The acquisition of relative clauses in Finnish; the effect of input. In E. Kidd (Ed.), Acquisition of Relative Clauses: Processing, Typology, and Function, 107-139. John Benjamins

Little research has been conducted to date investigating Finnish children’s relative clause acquisition. We report a study on the emergence of these structures in one Finnish speaking child’s corpus between the ages of 1;7 – 3;6. The study focuses on... Read More about The acquisition of relative clauses in Finnish; the effect of input.

'I want hold Postman Pat': An investigation into the acquisition of infinitival marker 'to' (2009)
Journal Article
Kirjavainen, M., Theakston, A., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2009). 'I want hold Postman Pat': An investigation into the acquisition of infinitival marker 'to'. First Language, 29(3), 313-339. https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723709105312

Infinitival-to omission errors (e.g., *I want hold Postman Pat) are produced by many English-speaking children early in development. This article aims to explain these omissions by investigating the emergence of infinitival-to, and its production/omi... Read More about 'I want hold Postman Pat': An investigation into the acquisition of infinitival marker 'to'.

Can input explain children's me-for-I errors? (2009)
Journal Article
KIRJAVAINEN, M., THEAKSTON, A., & LIEVEN, E. (2009). Can input explain children's me-for-I errors?. Journal of Child Language, 36(05), 1091. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000909009350

English-speaking children make pronoun case errors producing utterances where accusative pronouns are used in nominative contexts (me do it). We investigate whether complex utterances in the input (Let me do it) might explain the origin of these err... Read More about Can input explain children's me-for-I errors?.