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Bosch, Sina; Veríssimo, João; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This study addresses the question of how age of acquisition (AoA) affects grammatical processing, specifically with respect to inflectional morphology, in bilinguals. We examined experimental data of more than 100 participants from the Russian/German community in Berlin, all of whom acquired Russian from birth and German at different ages. Using…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages), Syntax
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Veríssimo, João; Heyer, Vera; Jacob, Gunnar; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Is there an ideal time window for language acquisition after which nativelike representation and processing are unattainable? Although this question has been heavily debated, no consensus has been reached. Here, we present evidence for a sensitive period in language development and show that it is specific to grammar. We conducted a masked priming…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Age Differences, Grammar, Bilingualism
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Jaensch, Carol; Heyer, Vera; Gordon, Peter; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
Morphological systems are constrained in how they interact with each other. One case that has been widely studied in the psycholinguistic literature is the avoidance of plurals inside compounds (e.g. *"rats eater" vs. "rat eater") in English and other languages, the so-called "plurals-in-compounds effect." Several…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Morphology (Languages), Psycholinguistics, Semantics
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Felser, Claudia; Marinis, Theodore; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In this study, we investigate children's and adults' relative clause attachment preferences in sentences such as "The student photographed the fan of the actress who was looking happy." Twenty-nine 6- to 7-year-old monolingual English children and 37 adult native speakers of English participated both in an auditory questionnaire study and in an…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Sentences, Nouns, Native Speakers