Uniform TitleRelative-clause processing in Korean adults: effects of constituent order and prosody
NameLee, Choon-Kyu (author), Stromswold, Karin (chair), Feldman, Jacob (internal member), Gelman, Rochel (internal member), Grimshaw, Jane (internal member), Rutgers University, Graduate School-New Brunswick,
DescriptionIn this thesis, we investigate mechanisms of sentence comprehension based on our study of adults' processing of sentences containing relative clauses (RCs) in Korean. The major issues of concern in the thesis are similarities and differences between (1) parsing in Korean and parsing in English, and between (2) Korean adults' parsing and Korean children's parsing. For the first issue, we consider our results in light of existing accounts of sentence processing in Korean and English. For the second, we discuss compare our results to studies with Korean children - particularly Clancy, Lee, and Zoh (1986), in which the authors found a garden-path effect.
In our query-based comprehension study involving auditory presentation of pre-recorded stimuli, different types of RCs and distinct levels of prosody were introduced. We measured participants' accuracy levels and reaction times to infer the relative levels of difficulty of the different conditions. The independent and interacting effects of morphosyntax and prosody on rapid processing were the main focus of our study. We found a subject-gap advantage in our accuracy data, which we discuss in connection with O'Grady's (1997) structural distance hypothesis. We also found a facilitative effect of rich prosody in our accuracy data, which generalizes previous findings in ambiguity-resolution studies (e.g. Schafer and Jun, 2002; Kim and Lee, 2004).
Note[bibliography] Includes bibliographical references (p. 72-74).
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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