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ERIC Number: EJ1016052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
A Reading-Time Study of the Main Verb versus Reduced Relative Clause Ambiguity Resolution by English Learners in Taiwan
Yang, Pi-Lan; Shih, Su-Chin
Applied Psycholinguistics, v34 n6 p1109-1133 Nov 2013
Using a self-paced reading task, the study aimed to investigate (a) whether English learners in Taiwan immediately resolve main verb versus reduced relative clause ambiguities in a similar way as native English speakers and (b) whether the learners at various English proficiency levels show diverse profiles. With analyses and syntheses of reading times for critical segments, results showed that different proficiency groups of Taiwanese English learners resolved such ambiguities in a way similar to native speakers to varying extents. The findings suggest that the sentence-processing mechanism of human language is subject to sufficient facility with syntactic access and/or with a network of lexical, semantic, and pragmatic information of individual speakers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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