This study investigates whether number dissimilarities on subject and object DPs facilitate the comprehension of subject-and object-extracted centre-embedded relative clauses in children with Grammatical Specific Language Impairment (G-SLI). We compared the performance of a group of English-speaking children with G-SLI (mean age: 12;11) with that of two groups of younger typically developing (TD) children, matched on grammar and receptive vocabulary, respectively. All groups were more accurate on subject-extracted relative clauses than object-extracted ones and, crucially, they all showed greater accuracy for sentences with dissimilar number features (i.e., one singular, one plural) on the head noun and the embedded DP. These findings are interpreted in the light of current psycholinguistic models of sentence comprehension in TD children and provide further insight into the linguistic nature of G-SLI. © 2013 Cambridge University Press.

Adani, F., Forgiarini, M., Guasti, M., Van der Lely, H. (2014). Number dissimilarities facilitate the comprehension of relative clauses in children with (Grammatical) Specific Language Impairment. JOURNAL OF CHILD LANGUAGE, 41(4), 811-841 [10.1017/S0305000913000184].

Number dissimilarities facilitate the comprehension of relative clauses in children with (Grammatical) Specific Language Impairment

ADANI, FLAVIA
Primo
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FORGIARINI, MATTEO
Secondo
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GUASTI, MARIA TERESA
Penultimo
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2014

Abstract

This study investigates whether number dissimilarities on subject and object DPs facilitate the comprehension of subject-and object-extracted centre-embedded relative clauses in children with Grammatical Specific Language Impairment (G-SLI). We compared the performance of a group of English-speaking children with G-SLI (mean age: 12;11) with that of two groups of younger typically developing (TD) children, matched on grammar and receptive vocabulary, respectively. All groups were more accurate on subject-extracted relative clauses than object-extracted ones and, crucially, they all showed greater accuracy for sentences with dissimilar number features (i.e., one singular, one plural) on the head noun and the embedded DP. These findings are interpreted in the light of current psycholinguistic models of sentence comprehension in TD children and provide further insight into the linguistic nature of G-SLI. © 2013 Cambridge University Press.
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Linguistics and Language; Language and Linguistics; Psychology (all); Developmental and Educational Psychology; Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
English
2014
41
4
811
841
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Adani, F., Forgiarini, M., Guasti, M., Van der Lely, H. (2014). Number dissimilarities facilitate the comprehension of relative clauses in children with (Grammatical) Specific Language Impairment. JOURNAL OF CHILD LANGUAGE, 41(4), 811-841 [10.1017/S0305000913000184].
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