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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Nov 2019|
|Event||44th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Boston University, Boston, United States|
Duration: 7 Nov 2019 → 10 Nov 2019
Conference number: 44th
http://web.archive.org/web/20191113150951/https://www.bu.edu/bucld/ (Conference website)
|Conference||44th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development|
|Abbreviated title||BUCLD 44|
|Period||7/11/19 → 10/11/19|
Lindsay, L., McLean, J., Messenger, K., & Branigan, H. (2019). Lexico-syntactic representations in preschoolers and adults: similar structure but differential susceptibility to syntactic experience. Poster session presented at 44th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, United States.