Syntactic complexity in the presence of an intervener: the case of an anomic Italian speaker

Martini, Karen, Belletti, Adriana, Centorrino, Santi and Garraffa, Maria (2019) Syntactic complexity in the presence of an intervener: the case of an anomic Italian speaker. In: Academy of Aphasia 57th Annual Meeting, 2019-10-27 - 2019-10-29.

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Abstract

A robust finding from language acquisition, adult processing and individuals with language impairment is that certain Object Relatives and Object Questions are more challenging to comprehend and produce compared to Subject Relatives and Subject Questions and to other Object Relatives and Object Questions. Approaches informed by linguistic theory have been proposed to clarify the source of the difficulties with these sentences. Recent models support the idea of a grammatically based resource reduction that selectively affects sentences requiring the processing of an object dependency across an intervening subject similar to the object in relevant features (such as R for Relatives, Q for Questions, NP for lexically restricted noun phrases, Sing/Plur for number) (Garraffa & Grillo, 2008; Friedmann, Belletti & Rizzi, 2009). Whilst sentences like (1a-c) and (2a-b) are rather easy to compute, sentences like (1d) and (2c) appear to be hard.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2022 07:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83118
DOI: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2019.01.00104

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