A Cat in the Tree by Roderick Hunt, Alex Brychta

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Procedure We use a computer-run grammaticality judgment test inspired by the general paradigm described in McDaniel and Cairns (1996). The computer program first introduces a character, called Bubu, who has blue skin and antennas, and who we say is a Martian. We told the children that Bubu is in the process of learning French, and, as a consequence, still makes occasional mistakes. For every stimulus, the routine is as follows. Bubu looks at a picture. During that time, the experimenter makes sure the child interprets the picture correctly, and introduces the vocabulary used to describe it.

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During that time, the experimenter makes sure the child interprets the picture correctly, and introduces the vocabulary used to describe it. Then Bubu utters a sentence that describes the event depicted in the picture. The picture always matches the sentence. It serves to ensure that the child interprets the quantifier as referring to the intended referent. The child is instructed to hit the key with a smiling face if Bubu “said it right”, or to hit the key with a frowning face if Bubu “said it wrong”.

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