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ERIC Number: EJ1032356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 32
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
The Impact of Number Mismatch and Passives on the Real-Time Processing of Relative Clauses
Contemori, Carla; Marinis, Theodoros
Journal of Child Language, v41 n3 p658-689 May 2014
Language processing plays a crucial role in language development, providing the ability to assign structural representations to input strings (e.g., Fodor, 1998). In this paper we aim at contributing to the study of children's processing routines, examining the operations underlying the auditory processing of relative clauses in children compared to adults. English-speaking children (6;0-8;11) and adults participated in the study, which employed a self-paced listening task with a final comprehension question. The aim was to determine (i) the role of number agreement in object relative clauses in which the subject and object NPs differ in terms of number properties, and (ii) the role of verb morphology (active vs. passive) in subject relative clauses. Even though children's off-line accuracy was not always comparable to that of adults, analyses of reaction times results support the view that children have the same structural processing reflexes observed in adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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