Learning to produce relative clauses in Mandarin L1 acquisition - The role of animacy configuration patterns

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Description: Subject- and object extracted relative clauses (SRC/ORC) with preferred and dipreferred animacy configuration patterns (ACP) were elicited from 52 Mandarin children between 3 and 6 years of age. We observe an increase of accuracy as a function of age, higher accuracy for preferred ACP structures, and a SRC advantage under the preferred ACP. The most frequent error, especially in youngest children, was omission of the RC verb, which yields a Mandarin genitive structure. We conclude that Mandarin children are sensitive to the same ACP as adults and that head-final modification, as in RCs, might be acquired via the genitive structure.

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During my poster session (Friday, 12:10-2:00) you can contact me through this comment function or by e-mail. My e-mail address is daisyji91@gmail.com. I would greatly appreciate it if you kindly give me some feedback on this research! Previous research shows language specific developmental trajectories for different relative clause (RC) types, e.g., subject RCs (SRC) before object RCs (ORC), or vi...

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