The kindergarten path effect revisited: children's use of context in processing structural ambiguities.

@article{Weighall2008TheKP,
  title={The kindergarten path effect revisited: children's use of context in processing structural ambiguities.},
  author={Anna R Weighall},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={99 2},
  pages={75-95}
}
Research with adults has shown that ambiguous spoken sentences are resolved efficiently, exploiting multiple cues--including referential context--to select the intended meaning. Paradoxically, children appear to be insensitive to referential cues when resolving ambiguous sentences, relying instead on statistical properties intrinsic to the language such as verb biases. The possibility that children's insensitivity to referential context may be an artifact of the experimental design used in… CONTINUE READING

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