Degree Granting Department
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Elaine R. Silliman, Ph.D.
Nathan Maxfield, Ph.D.
Stefan A. Frisch, Ph.D.
Judith Becker Bryant, Ph.D.
Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D.
Ruth Huntley Bahr, Ph.D.
Relative Clause Comprehension, Perspective Taking, Complex Syntax, Sentence Processing, Cross-Modal Picture Priming
Fourteen young adults participated in a cross-modal picture priming study. Perspective shift processing, in four types of relative clause sentences and in control sentences, was assessed using reaction times. Predictions were: 1) the easier the perspective shifts, the faster the reaction times and 2) subject relative clauses would reveal a priming effect versus attenuated or no priming in object relative clauses due to difficulty following perspective. A priming effect was observed for 1- switch relative clause sentences and for control sentences, while no priming effect was observed for 0 switch, 1+ switch, or 2 switch sentences. Results suggest that variations in local syntactic constructions and word order facilitated relative clause processing. Violations of semantic expectations and noun-noun-verb distance in following perspective can both contribute to the complexity of relative clause processing.
Scholar Commons Citation
Jones, Nicola C., "Perspective Taking and Relative Clause Comprehension: A Cross-Modal Picture Priming Study" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.