Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The acquisition of relative clauses in Tagalog: A comprehension study
by Guevara, Jed Sam Pizarro, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 138; 1527947
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis analyzed relative clause (RC) comprehension in Tagalog. Results from a reference selection task revealed that the children's accuracy was already comparable to adults by 7 to 9 years of age when processing agent RCs. These findings are consistent with the literature. However, when reaction times (RTs) and error-types are considered, a different picture of the trajectory of acquisition emerges. The children's RTs did not pattern like adults until 10 to 14 years of age. They also avoided reversal-errors as consistently as adults only at 10 to 14 years of age. With regard to non-agent RCs, the RT of children, ages 10 to 14, already patterned like adults but their accuracy still remained significantly different. Children also avoided agent-errors as consistently like adults only at 10 to 14 years of age. Overall, these results suggest a more piecemeal trajectory of the development of RCs in Tagalog.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abbuhl, Rebekha
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Developmental psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Language acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Relative clauses, Tagalog
Publication Number: 1527947
ISBN: 9781303984716
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