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  Four-year-old Mandarin-speaking children’s online comprehension of relative clauses

Yang, W., Chan, A., Chang, F., & Kidd, E. (2020). Four-year-old Mandarin-speaking children’s online comprehension of relative clauses. Cognition, 196: 104103. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104103.

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Yang, Wenchun1, Author
Chan, Angel1, 2, 3, Author
Chang, Franklin4, 5, Author
Kidd, Evan5, 6, 7, 8, Author              
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1The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR, China, ou_persistent22              
2The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Peking University Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics, HKSAR, China, ou_persistent22              
3Research Centre for Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, HKSAR, China, ou_persistent22              
4Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe, Japan, ou_persistent22              
5ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australia, ou_persistent22              
6Language Development Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_2340691              
7Learning through Processing, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_2616692              
8Australian National University, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: A core question in language acquisition is whether children’s syntactic processing is experience-dependent and language-specific, or whether it is governed by abstract, universal syntactic machinery. We address this question by presenting corpus and on-line processing dat a from children learning Mandarin Chinese, a language that has been important in debates about the universality of parsing processes. The corpus data revealed that two different relative clause constructions in Mandarin are differentially used to modify syntactic subjects and objects. In the experiment, 4-year-old children’s eye-movements were recorded as they listened to the two RC construction types (e.g., Can you pick up the pig that pushed the sheep?). A permutation analysis showed that children’s ease of comprehension was closely aligned with the distributional frequencies, suggesting syntactic processing preferences are shaped by the input experience of these constructions.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-11-182020
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104103
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 196 Sequence Number: 104103 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0010-0277
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925391298