Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

3-6-2014

NLM Title Abbreviation

Front Psychol

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Frontiers in Psychology

PubMed ID

24639661

DOI of Published Version

10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00175

Total Pages

10

Abstract

Being able to track dependencies between syntactic elements separated by other constituents is crucial for language acquisition and processing (e.g.,in subject-noun/verb agreement). Although long assumed to require language-specific machinery, research on statistical learning has suggested that domain-general mechanisms may support the acquisition of non-adjacent dependencies. In this study, we investigated whether individuals with specific language impairment (SLI)—who have problems with long-distance dependencies in language — also have problems with statistical learning of non-adjacent relations. The results confirmed this hypothesis, indicating that statistical learning may subserve the acquisition and processing of long-distance dependencies in natural language.

Keywords

OAfund, non-adjacent dependencies, statistical learning, specific language impairment

Published Article/Book Citation

Frontiers in Psychology 5: (2014) 10 p., doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00175

Rights

Copyright © 2014, Hsinjen J. Hsu, J. Bruce Tomblin, Morten H. Christiansen. This article is posted here by permission for personal use, not for redistribution.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Share

COinS
 

URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/comsci_pubs/2