Lexico-syntactic representations in preschoolers and adults: similar structure but differential susceptibility to syntactic experience

Laura Lindsay, Janet McLean, Katherine Messenger, Holly Branigan

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Abstract

We report three syntactic priming experiments investigating the integration of lexical and syntactic representations in preschoolers: Are their representations structured similarly to adults, and are they affected by experience in the same way? We show that abstract syntactic representations are not dependent on existing lexical representations but are nevertheless linked to lexical representations in a way that is consistent with adult models of lexico-syntactic representation. Moreover, we provide striking and novel evidence that children are more strongly affected by abstract syntactic experience than adults.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2019
Event44th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Boston University, Boston, United States
Duration: 7 Nov 201910 Nov 2019
Conference number: 44th
http://web.archive.org/web/20191113150951/https://www.bu.edu/bucld/ (Conference website)
http://www.bu.edu/bucld/files/2019/11/BUCLD-44-Schedule-and-Abstracts.pdf (Abstracts)

Conference

Conference44th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development
Abbreviated titleBUCLD 44
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period7/11/1910/11/19
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