TITLE

Processing relative clauses in Chinese as a second language

AUTHOR(S)
Xu, Yi
PUB. DATE
October 2014
SOURCE
Second Language Research;Oct2014, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p439
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This project investigates second language (L2) learners’ processing of four types of Chinese relative clauses crossing extraction types and demonstrative-classifier (DCl) positions. Using a word order judgment task with a whole-sentence reading technique, the study also discusses how psycholinguistic theories bear explanatory power in L2 data. An overall preference for DCl-first structures and an advantage of DCl-subject relative clauses over the other three structures were found. Results were largely compatible with the filler-gap domain theory and indicated a weak subject-gap advantage. These motivations are subject to influences from other factors, and a multi-constraint proposal was proposed.
ACCESSION #
98483806

 

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