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Four-year-old Cantonese-speaking children's online processing of relative clauses: a permutation analysis

Chan, Angel; Yang, Wenchun; Chang, Franklin; Kidd, Evan

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We report on an eye-tracking study that investigated four-year-old Cantonese-speaking children's online processing of subject and object relative clauses (RCs). Children's eye-movements were recorded as they listened to RC structures identifying a unique referent (e.g. “Can you pick up the horse that pushed the pig?”). Two RC types, classifier (CL) and ge3 RCs, were tested in a between-participants design. The two RC types differ in their syntactic analyses and frequency of occurrence,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorChan, Angel
dc.contributor.authorYang, Wenchun
dc.contributor.authorChang, Franklin
dc.contributor.authorKidd, Evan
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-20T01:09:11Z
dc.identifier.issn0305-0009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/198540
dc.description.abstractWe report on an eye-tracking study that investigated four-year-old Cantonese-speaking children's online processing of subject and object relative clauses (RCs). Children's eye-movements were recorded as they listened to RC structures identifying a unique referent (e.g. “Can you pick up the horse that pushed the pig?”). Two RC types, classifier (CL) and ge3 RCs, were tested in a between-participants design. The two RC types differ in their syntactic analyses and frequency of occurrence, providing an important point of comparison for theories of RC acquisition and processing. A permutation analysis showed that the two structures were processed differently: CL RCs showed a significant object-over-subject advantage, whereas ge3 RCs showed the opposite effect. This study shows that children can have different preferences even for two very similar RC structures within the same language, suggesting that syntactic processing preferences are shaped by the unique features of particular constructions both within and across different linguistic typologies.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by 1-ZVB8 (PI: Chan), awarded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and CE140100041 (CI: Kidd), awarded by the Australian Research Council. Angel Chan is a member of the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Peking University Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics and its support is gratefully acknowledged. Franklin Chang and Evan Kidd are members of the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), and the support of the Economic and Social Research Council [ES/L008955/1] is gratefully acknowledged.
dc.format.extent30 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.rights© Cambridge University Press 2017
dc.sourceJournal of Child Language
dc.subjectchildren
dc.subjectonline processing
dc.subjectfour year old
dc.subjectCantonese-speaking
dc.titleFour-year-old Cantonese-speaking children's online processing of relative clauses: a permutation analysis
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume45
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-04-21
dc.date.issued2018-01
local.identifier.absfor170204 - Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB6594
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationChan, Angel, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
local.contributor.affiliationYang, Wenchun, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
local.contributor.affiliationChang, Franklin, University of Liverpool
local.contributor.affiliationKidd, Evan, College of Health and Medicine, The Australian National University
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/CE140100041
local.identifier.essn1469-7602
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage174
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage203
local.identifier.doi10.1017/S0305000917000198
local.identifier.absseo920501 - Child Health
dc.date.updated2019-11-25T07:22:18Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85020728836
local.identifier.thomsonIDMEDLINE:28606194
dc.provenancehttp://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0305-0009/ Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). Author's post-print on author's personal website, departmental website, institutional repository, non-commercial subject-based repositories, such as PubMed Central, Europe PMC or arXiv, on acceptance of publication (Sherpa/Romeo as of 21/1/2020)
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