Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three

Foltz A, Knopf K, Jonas K, Jaecks P, Stenneken P (In Press)
First Language: 014272372090591.

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Foltz, Anouschka; Knopf, Karolin; Jonas, Kristina; Jaecks, PetraUniBi; Stenneken, Prisca
Abstract / Bemerkung
This study investigated whether we can find reliable comprehension-to-production syntactic priming effects in children aged 2;0 to 2;11 and how phonological working memory and sentence production skills relate to the syntactic priming process. A finding of reliable syntactic priming effects would provide strong evidence that children's syntactic representations are abstracted over individual lexical items. To test children at this young age, they were primed with simple and early-acquired transitive (e.g., tickling (a) baby) and unergative intransitive (e.g., running) syntactic structures. Children aged 2;7 to 2;11, primed with alternating prime structures, revealed a reliable syntactic priming effect. In addition, phonological working memory (moderated by age) and sentence production skills positively affected transitive productions. Children aged 2;0 to 2;6, primed either with alternating or cumulative prime structures, showed no priming effect. Together, the data indicate that children have robust abstract syntactic representations for the tested structures before age three and that both phonological working memory and production skills relate to children's syntactic priming behavior, albeit in different ways.
Erscheinungsjahr
2020
Zeitschriftentitel
First Language
Art.-Nr.
014272372090591
ISBN
0142-7237
ISSN
0142-7237
eISSN
1740-2344
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2940371

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Foltz A, Knopf K, Jonas K, Jaecks P, Stenneken P. Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three. First Language. In Press: 014272372090591.
Foltz, A., Knopf, K., Jonas, K., Jaecks, P., & Stenneken, P. (In Press). Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three. First Language, 014272372090591. doi:10.1177/0142723720905919
Foltz, A., Knopf, K., Jonas, K., Jaecks, P., and Stenneken, P. (In Press). Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three. First Language:014272372090591.
Foltz, A., et al., In Press. Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three. First Language, : 014272372090591.
A. Foltz, et al., “Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three”, First Language, In Press, : 014272372090591.
Foltz, A., Knopf, K., Jonas, K., Jaecks, P., Stenneken, P.: Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three. First Language. : 014272372090591 (In Press).
Foltz, Anouschka, Knopf, Karolin, Jonas, Kristina, Jaecks, Petra, and Stenneken, Prisca. “Evidence for robust abstract syntactic representations in production before age three”. First Language (In Press): 014272372090591.