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Academic Paper


Title: A case-marking cue for filler–gap dependencies in children's relative clauses in Japanese
Author: Takaaki Suzuki
Institution: Kyoto Sangyo University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: Japanese
Abstract: Object relative clauses have traditionally been thought to be more difficult than subject relative clauses in child English. However, recent studies as well as Japanese data show contradictory results. This study disclosed preschool children's superior performance on object relative clauses in Japanese; however, this dominance disappeared for the children who could use both the nominative and accusative case markers as cues for the comprehension of single-argument sentences. Assuming a filler–gap dependency for the relative clause formation, we suggest that there is no difference in the difficulty between subject and object relative clauses in the grammar of Japanese-speaking children.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 38, Issue 5.

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