Issue. Claim: acquisition of discourse integration is an extended process Even up to 6 yrs of age children may fail in correct discourse-linking: Pronouns Definite articles Tense (Karmiloff-Smith 1981; Avrutin 1999; & others). But….
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*CHI: I drink it all up .
*CHI: give me some more .
*CHI: a lot .
*MOT: I don't see any more .
*CHI: yes you do .
*MOT: want a little milk ?
*MOT: want some ?
*CHI: (a)n(d) shake it all up .
*CHI: a bigger one ?
*MOT: mmhm .
The acquisition of ellipsis should simply follow in the footsteps of the initial acquisition of grammar. As each new level is constructed, the child can construct a parallel level in silence.
“John has socks”
Can you find: “John wants to eat some.”
“Kate is cooking pancakes.”
Can you find: “John wants some.”
Some kids are playing in the sandbox.
Are two upside down?
Two = two [kids]ARG [in the sandbox]ADJ
Arg. + Adj. Mm
Drie jongens spelen in de zandbak, en twee zitten [ER] op een emmertje.