chapter  Ten
Early Null Subjects and Root Null Subjects*
ByLuigi Rizzi
Pages 24

Around the age of 2, children freely drop subjects, irrespective of whether or not the target language is a null subject language. For instance, the phenomenon is typically found in the acquisition of English and French:


___ want more

___ find Giorgie

___ is broken

(Hyams, 1986)


___ boit café

___ fait un autre

___ est tombé

(Pierce, 1989)