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  Children's comprehension of sentences with focus particles

Paterson, K. B., Liversedge, S. P., Rowland, C. F., & Filik, R. (2003). Children's comprehension of sentences with focus particles. Cognition, 89(3), 263-294. doi:10.1016/S0010-0277(03)00126-4.

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Paterson, Kevin B.1, Author
Liversedge, Simon P.2, Author
Rowland, Caroline F.3, Author              
Filik, Ruth4, Author
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1Department of Psychology, University of Leicester, ou_persistent22              
2Department of Psychology, University of Durham, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool, ou_persistent22              
4Applied Vision Research Unit, University of Derby, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: We report three studies investigating children's and adults' comprehension of sentences containing the focus particle only. In Experiments 1 and 2, four groups of participants (6–7 years, 8–10 years, 11–12 years and adult) compared sentences with only in different syntactic positions against pictures that matched or mismatched events described by the sentence. Contrary to previous findings (Crain, S., Ni, W., & Conway, L. (1994). Learning, parsing and modularity. In C. Clifton, L. Frazier, & K. Rayner (Eds.), Perspectives on sentence processing. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum; Philip, W., & Lynch, E. (1999). Felicity, relevance, and acquisition of the grammar of every and only. In S. C. Howell, S. A. Fish, & T. Keith-Lucas (Eds.), Proceedings of the 24th annual Boston University conference on language development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press) we found that young children predominantly made errors by failing to process contrast information rather than errors in which they failed to use syntactic information to restrict the scope of the particle. Experiment 3 replicated these findings with pre-schoolers.

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 Dates: 2003
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/S0010-0277(03)00126-4
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Title: Cognition
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Publ. Info: Amsterdam : Elsevier
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 89 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 263 - 294 Identifier: ISSN: 0010-0277
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925391298