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Chinese subject-relative clauses are more difficult to process than the object-relative clauses
Chen, Baoguo1; Ning, Aihua1; Bi, Hongyan2; Dunlap, Susan3; B. G. Chen
2008-09-01
Source PublicationACTA PSYCHOLOGICA
ISSN0001-6918
SubtypeArticle
Volume129Issue:1Pages:61-65
AbstractThis paper presents an experiment that compared high and low working memory span readers' abilities to process Chinese subject-relative and object-relative clause structures in a self-paced reading paradigm. Comprehension performance results indicated that the object-relative structure was easier to understand than the subject-relative structure. Reading time results showed that participants with low working memory span read the subject-relative structures more slowly than the object-relative structures, but there was no reading time difference for the high working memory span participants. The experiment provides further evidence that the Chinese subject-relative clause structure is more difficult to process than the Chinese object-relative clause structure. especially for low working memory span individuals. Furthermore, these results support a syntactic storage account of the observed complexity difference.; This paper presents an experiment that compared high and low working memory span readers' abilities to process Chinese subject-relative and object-relative clause structures in a self-paced reading paradigm. Comprehension performance results indicated that the object-relative structure was easier to understand than the subject-relative structure. Reading time results showed that participants with low working memory span read the subject-relative structures more slowly than the object-relative structures, but there was no reading time difference for the high working memory span participants. The experiment provides further evidence that the Chinese subject-relative clause structure is more difficult to process than the Chinese object-relative clause structure. especially for low working memory span individuals. Furthermore, these results support a syntactic storage account of the observed complexity difference. (C) 2008 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Keywordsubject-relative clause object-relative clause working memory Chinese
Subject Area心理语言学
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000259615800007
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/5253
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
Corresponding AuthorB. G. Chen
Affiliation1.Beijing Normal Univ, Sch Psychol, Beijing Key Lab Appl Expt Psychol, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Univ Pittsburgh, Ctr Learning Res & Dev, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA
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Chen, Baoguo,Ning, Aihua,Bi, Hongyan,et al. Chinese subject-relative clauses are more difficult to process than the object-relative clauses[J]. ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA,2008,129(1):61-65.
APA Chen, Baoguo,Ning, Aihua,Bi, Hongyan,Dunlap, Susan,&B. G. Chen.(2008).Chinese subject-relative clauses are more difficult to process than the object-relative clauses.ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA,129(1),61-65.
MLA Chen, Baoguo,et al."Chinese subject-relative clauses are more difficult to process than the object-relative clauses".ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA 129.1(2008):61-65.
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