The Acquisition of Relative Clauses: Processing, Typology and Function

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Evan Kidd
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
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Explaining the acquisition and processing of relative clauses has long challenged psycholinguistics researchers. The current volume presents a collection of chapters that consider the acquisition of relative clauses with a particular focus on function, typology, and language processing. A diverse range of theoretical approaches and languages are bought to bear on the acquisition of this construction type, making the volume unique in its coverage. The volume will appeal to students and scholars whose interest lies in the acquisition and processing of syntax with a particular focus on complex sentences in crosslinguistic and functionalist perspective.
 

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List of contributors
The acquisition of relative clauses
1 Relative clauses
2 A connectionist account of the acquisition and processing of relative clauses
3 Learning from social interaction
4 Relative clause acquisition in Hebrew and the learning of constructions
5 Finnish
6 Learning to produce Quechua relative clauses
7 The acquisition of relative clauses in Japanese
8 The acquisition of relative clauses in Cantonese and Mandarin
9 Structural priming in comprehension of relative clause sentences
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