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On this view, the RSD option would then have be reactivated at some later point to account for adult diary drop. That is, children would learn on the basis of positive evidence that subjects can be omitted in specific registers, but not otherwise. Assuming this is the case, we would expect a trajectory of missing subjects of the following sort: an initial period of frequent missing subjects, followed by a period of no subject drop at all, and then a later introduction of subject drop in diary and contexts.

The children in the lower MLU group, on the other hand, still drop subjects to a significant degree. They imitate subjects at an overall rate of 63%. Despite the difference in the overall rate of subject omission, the two MLU groups behave similarly with respect to factors that have been argued to indicate a pro-drop or Chinese-like topic-oriented NS grammar. Higher omission of expletive over referential subjects is indicative of a pro-drop grammar, and omission of subjects following topics, indicative of a Chinese-type topic drop grammar.

UG makes available various truncation options, as exhibited by the range of adult languages just noted (and perhaps others yet to be discovered), and children set (and may misset) the “point of truncation” value for their language. Thus, RSD is not a parameter per se, but rather, the parametric options derive from the different truncation loci. Missing Subjects… 27 The RSD model accounts for a number of important properties of early subject drop. Central among these are the root/first position effects discussed earlier (Valian 1991; Roeper and Weissenborn 1990).

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