NLM Title Abbreviation
Frontiers in Psychology
DOI of Published Version
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.
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
Copyright © 2014, Hsinjen J. Hsu, J. Bruce Tomblin, Morten H. Christiansen. This article is posted here by permission for personal use, not for redistribution.
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