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Title: Bilingual Sentence Processing
Subtitle: Relative clause attachment in English and Spanish
Written By: Eva M. Fernández
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 29

The cross-linguistic differences documented in studies of relative clause attachment offer an invaluable opportunity to examine a particular aspect of bilingual sentence processing: Do bilinguals process their two languages as if they were monolingual speakers of each? This volume provides a review of existing research on relative clause attachment, showing that speakers of languages like English attach relative clauses differently than do speakers of languages like Spanish. Fernández reports the findings of an investigation with monolinguals and bilinguals, tested using speeded ("on-line") and unspeeded ("off-line") methodology, with materials in both English and Spanish. The experiments reveal similarities across the groups when the procedure is speeded, but differences with unspeeded questionnaires: The monolinguals replicate the standard cross-linguistic differences, while bilinguals have language-independent preferences determined by language dominance --- bilinguals process stimuli in either of their languages according to the general preferences of monolinguals of their dominant language.

Table of contents

List of tables ix
List of figures xiii
List of appendixes xv
Abstract xvii
Foreword xix
Introduction 1–4
Cross-linguistic differences in sentence processing: The relative clause attachment ambiguity 5–66
Language dependency and bilingual sentence processing 67–96
Materials evaluation: uality control for experimental sentences 97–124
Monolingual experimental data on relative clause attachment preferences 125–159
Bilingual experimental data on relative clause attachment preferences 161–209
Conclusions 211–220
Appendixes 221–271
References 273–284
Author index 285–288
Subject index 289–292

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Bi- & Multilingualism
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113450
ISBN-13: 9781588113450
Pages: xx, 294 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027224986
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Pages: xx, 294 pp.
Prices: EUR 98.00