Comprehending Chinese Relative Clauses in Context : Thematic Patterns and Grammatical Functions

  title={Comprehending Chinese Relative Clauses in Context : Thematic Patterns and Grammatical Functions},
  author={Chien-Jer Charles Lin},
Processing asymmetries between subjectand object-extracted relative clauses (RCs) have been reported in various languages. This paper examines whether locality or one’s experience of canonical thematic patterns better predicts the processing of head-final RCs by manipulating thematic patterns in the contexts. Two self-paced reading experiments of relative clauses preceded by contexts were conducted. In Experiment 1, two factors were manipulated: the context prior to the RCs consisted of either… CONTINUE READING

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