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dc.contributor.authorUzundağ, Berna A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKüntay, Aylin C.en_US
dc.description.abstractUsing a cross-linguistic approach, we investigated Turkish-speaking children's acquisition and use of relative clauses (RCs) by examining longitudinal child-caregiver interactions and cross-sectional peer conversations. Longitudinal data were collected from 8 children between the ages of 8 and 36 months. Peer conversational corpus came from 78 children aged between 43 and 64 months. Children produced RCs later than in English (Diessel, 2004) and Mandarin (Chen & Shirai, 2015), and demonstrated increasing semantic and structural complexity with age. Despite the morphosyntactic difficulty of object RCs, and prior experimental findings showing a subject RC advantage, preschool-aged children produced object RCs, which were highly frequent in child-directed speech, as frequently as subject RCs. Object RCs in spontaneous speech were semantically less demanding (with pronominal subjects and inanimate head nouns) than the stimuli used in prior experiments. Results suggest that multiple factors such as input frequency and morphosyntactic and semantic difficulty affect the acquisition patterns.en_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.subjectCross-linguistic approachen_US
dc.subjectLanguage acquisitionen_US
dc.subjectRelative clausesen_US
dc.subjectTypological comparisonsen_US
dc.titleThe acquisition and use of relative clauses in Turkish-learning children's conversational interactions: a cross-linguistic approachen_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Child Languageen_US
dc.identifier.issueNovember 2019en_US
dc.contributor.khasauthorKüntay, Aylin C.en_US

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