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Thursday 7 September, 2017


A UG-Based Processing Account of Chinese-Speaking Children’s Comprehension of Gapped and Resumptive Relative Clauses

Speaker: Hui-Yu Huang, University of Delaware

Authors: Catherine Hui-Yu Huang

This study begins with a comparison between the role of innate grammar and input in Chinese-speaking children’s comprehension of gapped and resumptive relative clauses (RCs) and ends with a discussion of a UG-based processing account of their comprehension patterns. The innate-grammar-based proposal of RC acquisition utilizes the structural distance between the head noun and the relativized position, i.e., the Accessibility Hierarchy (Keenan & Comrie 1977). The input-based account hypothesizes that linguistic patterns with higher frequencies will be easier to learn. Both an experimental study with young children acquiring Chinese and a corpus study of Chinese RCs were conducted. The results from two studies suggest that neither the structural distance nor input frequency itself can explain children’s comprehension of RCs, especially when taking more unusual types of RCs into consideration. I discuss an alternative, UG-based processing account of children’s comprehension of Chinese RCs that incorporates crucial language-specific properties.

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