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dc.contributor.supervisor Soderstrom, Melanie (Psychology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Wong, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-12T17:00:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-12T17:00:56Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4896
dc.description.abstract This study examined English-acquiring 20- and 24-month-olds’ ability to detect subject-verb dependency. Twenty-four-month-olds showed a significant preference for grammatical sentences over ungrammatical sentences in which ungrammaticality was cued by a pairing of a singular subject with the verb “are” but not when it was cued by a pairing of a plural subject with the verb “is”. However, 20-month-olds did not show a preference in either condition. Another group of 20-month-olds were examined on their ability to detect a non-adjacent dependency in which a prepositional phrase was inserted in between the dependent elements. They showed no preference for either the grammatical sentences or the ungrammatical sentences. The result of this study revealed that it is not until about 24-months that children acquire an understanding of the structural properties of the relationship between the subject and the verb “to be” and this knowledge at first is limited to a singular subject. en_US
dc.subject language en_US
dc.subject development en_US
dc.subject dependency en_US
dc.title Can 20- and 24-months-old children detect subject-verb dependency? en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Eaton, Warren (Psychology) MacDonald, Lorna (Linguistics) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2011 en_US


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