Friday 8 September, 2017
Processing of subject-verb agreement by children with cochlear implants
Speaker: Atty Schouwenaars, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Authors: Atty Schouwenaars, Esther Ruigendijk
This study investigates comprehension of subject-verb agreement by German-speaking children with cochlear implants (CIs) (n=33, 7;01-12;04, Mean: 9;07) and children with normal hearing (NH) (n=39, age 6;05-10;09, Mean: 8;09). Previous research has shown that young children with NH have problems in the interpretation of verb inflection. For children with CIs, the subtle verb inflection information may be even harder to detect and comprehend. In a picture selection task with eye-tracking we found that children with CIs are less sensitive to number information provided by the verb (e.g., Sie malt/malen die Prinzessin ‘she/they paint(s) the princess) than children with NH (CI: 85% correct, NH: 96% correct). A correlation with hearing age suggests that children with CIs’ underlying knowledge of morphosyntactic information of is immature, but not necessarily impaired. We also found that both perceptual (verb saliency) and cognitive (digit span) factors play a role in the processing of subject-verb agreement.
16:40 - 18:40 / Workshop 3 - “Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement”
Oral presentationWe Agreed to Disagree: Subject-Verb (Dis)Agreement Patterns in L2 English
Speaker: Lenka Garshol, Universitetet i Agder
Oral presentationDo children obey the ban on non-finite verbs in V2? Evidence from early second language learners of German with and without SLI
Speaker: Petra Schulz, Goethe University Frankfurt
Speaker: Rabea Schwarze, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Plenary LectureWhat does preverbal knowledge of Subject-Verb agreement in French look like?
Speaker: Geraldine Legendre, Johns Hopkins University