Dong-Bo Hsu

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The phenomenon of structural persistence has been intensively investigated in speakers of English and in speakers of other Germanic languages. However, few studies have been reported on Chinese, especially on preschooler population. In addition, the SVO-ba alternation and dative alternation have not been discussed in terms of this perspective. The purpose(More)
This study investigated whether Mandarin-speaking children can demonstrate adult-like syntactic competence. Mandarin-speaking 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-year-olds' and adults' comprehension of agent-patient relations across four Mandarin transitive constructions with the novel verbs: SVO construction, ba-construction, subjectless ba-construciton, and topicalization(More)
Two studies investigated syntactic productivity in three-year-old Mandarin speakers' use of verbs in the SVO and SbaOV constructions. In Study 1, children were taught novel verbs in one construction and assessed for their production in the other construction. Children produced verbs taught in the ba constructions in SVO utterances, but showed order effects(More)
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