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May 26, 2013 - June 01, 2013
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  • Production of complex sentences across development

    Time: 01:30pm - 02:30pm 

    Place: Psychology Conference Room 128


    Jessica Montag (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    When people speak, they have many choices about how to say what they want to say, even within the confines of trying to communicate a single message. This largely unconscious process – of choosing words and sentence structures – is central to the process of using language but is poorly understood. I have shown that we can begin to understand these production choices by understanding what is easy or difficult for speakers to produce. One aspect of this difficulty is the frequency with which a speaker has encountered or produced an utterance in the past. In my talk, I will be discussing a set of corpus analyses and production experiments with 8-year-olds, 12-year-olds, and adults. I investigated how amount of language experience and the effect of emerging literacy affect production choices. These studies show how children gradually learn to identify alternative language forms from their linguistic environment, how the linguistic environment changes over time as children grow, and how children’s control over complex sentence structures continues to develop well after early stages of language learning.


    In category: Child language acquisition


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