General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Verb agreement in the interpretation of Relative clauses in early Spanish

Speaker: Vicenç Torrens, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Authors: Vicenç Torrens

The aim of this paper is to compare the performance in a comprehension test of declarative Object and Subject Relatives. Relativized Minimality proposes that object RCs are more difficult to process than subject RCs because they feature the intervention of the subject between the head and its trace. We applied a comprehension test to 80 Spanish monolingual children aged from 4;6 to 7;10. We also compared the sentences with Subject/Object RCs when NPs had the same or different morphosyntactic features. We found a significant statistical difference for the performance between Object Relatives and Subject Relatives, since the percentage of errors is higher in the former kind of sentences (P<0.05). We also found a significant statistical difference in Object/Subjects Relatives between clauses that had the same or different morphosyntactic features, since the former were more difficult to understand (P<0.05). The fact that the NPs had a different number facilitated the interpretation of the sentence.

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15:00 - 16:30 / Workshop 3 - “Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement”


Other activities in 15:00 - 16:30 / Workshop 3 - “Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement”

Oral presentation

Subject-verb agreement in German-speaking children and adolescents with Down syndrome

Speaker: Martina Penke, University of Cologne
Speaker: Eva Wimmer, Universität zu Köln

Oral presentation

Attraction errors in Subject-Verb agreement. A Study on Italian SLI and TD children.

Speaker: Vincenzo Moscati, Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Luigi Rizzi, Université de Genève / Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Maria Teresa Guasti, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca