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.
|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|
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