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ERIC Number: EJ1112077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Investigating the Processing of Relative Clauses in Mandarin Chinese: Evidence from Eye-Movement Data
Sung, Yao-Ting; Cha, Jih-Ho; Tu, Jung-Yueh; Wu, Ming-Da; Lin, Wei-Chun
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v45 n5 p1089-1113 Oct 2016
A number of previous studies on Chinese relative clauses (RC) have reported conflicting results on processing asymmetry. This study aims to revisit the prevalent debate on whether subject-extracted RCs (SRC) or object-extracted RCs (ORC) are easier to process by using the eye-movement technique. In the current study, the data are analyzed in terms of the gaze duration and regression of eye-movement in three critical areas: head noun, embedded verb, and RC-modifying noun phrase as subject. The results show an ORC preference for the processing of RC structures, which supports the word-order account and the Dependency Locality Theory, and a better cross-clausal integration for SRC, which supports the perspective-shift account. The processing asymmetry in Chinese RCs are discussed under relevant theoretical accounts, such as structure-based, memory-based, and perspective shift accounts. We argue that the findings are associated with the syntactic nature of Chinese (a head-initial language with pre-nominal RCs).
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Language: English
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