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The discourse bases of relativization: An investigation of young German and English-speaking children's comprehension of relative clauses

Brandt, Silke; Kidd, Evan; Lieven, Elena; Tomasello, Michael


In numerous comprehension studies, across different languages, children have performed worse on object relatives (e.g., the dog that the cat chased) than on subject relatives (e.g., the dog that chased the cat). One possible reason for this is that the test sentences did not exactly match the kinds of object relatives that children typically experience. Adults and children usually hear and produce object relatives with inanimate heads and pronominal subjects (e.g., the car that we bought last...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Cognitive Linguistics
DOI: 10.1515/COGL.2009.024


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