Cross-linguistic investigation of relative clauses

Cross-linguistically, subject relative clauses are acquired earlier, processed faster, and comprehended and produced with higher accuracy than object relative clauses. I have been investigating whether a similar asymmetry is manifested in the processing and acquisition of relative clauses in typologically different languages and across different populations. So far, my collaborators and I have found a subject relative clause advantage in typically developing child and adult native speakers of Tagalog (Tanaka et al., 2019), Tagalog-speaking aphasics (Bondoc et al., 2019), and L1-English learners of Chinese (Cherici et al., 2020). I am currently using a similar methodology to investigate child and adult native speakers of Japanese.

Collaborators

Ivan Paul Bondoc, Yung-Yung Chang, Alessia Cherici, Kamil Deen, Elaine Lau, William O’Grady, Akari Ohba

Related Research Output

  • Cherici, A., Chang, Y.-Y., & Tanaka, N. (2020, September). A subject advantage in the production of Chinese relative clauses by L1-English learners. The 32nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Storrs, CT.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Bondoc, I. P. (2019). An asymmetry in the acquisition of relative clauses: Evidence from Tagalog. First Language, 39(6), 618–632. https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723719859090 [Accepted Version PDF] [Please e-mail me to request the published version of the paper]
  • Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Tanaka, N. (2018). Agrammatism in Tagalog: Voice and relativisation. Aphasiology, 32(5), 598–617. https://doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2017.1366417 [Accepted Version PDF] [Please e-mail me to request the published version of the paper]
  • Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Tanaka, N., Chua, E. C., de Leon, A. C., & Siscar, J. A. (2018). More relativization asymmetries: Children find locative and benefactive relative clauses difficult. In A. B. Bertolini & M. J. Kaplan (Eds.), BUCLD 42: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol.1) (pp. 72–85). Somerville, Cascadilla Press. http://www.lingref.com/bucld/42/BUCLD42-06.pdf
  • Tanaka, N. (2016). An asymmetry in the acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. [PDF]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). An agent advantage in Tagalog relative clause comprehension. In H. Hsieh (Ed.), AFLA 22: The Proceedings of the 22nd Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (pp. 191‒202). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. http://hdl.handle.net/1885/101155 [PDF]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2015). Split focus preferences in Tagalog: Evidence from child language. In A. Camp, Y. Otsuka, C. Stabile, & N. Tanaka (Eds.), AFLA 21: The Proceedings of the 21st Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (pp. 279‒288). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. http://hdl.handle.net/1885/95329 [PDF]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2014). Acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses. In W. Orman & M. J. Valleau (Eds.), BUCLD 38: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol.2) (pp. 463‒470). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [Accepted Version PDF]

Research Materials

  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). “Relative clause elicitation pictures.” Nozomi Tanaka Collection. Kaipuleohone: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42192. Type: language description. Media: image. Access: public. Resource ID: NT1-001.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). “Relative clause elicited production task.” Nozomi Tanaka Collection. Kaipuleohone: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42193. Type: language description. Media: image, audio. Access: public. Resource ID: NT1-002.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). “Relative clause comprehension task.” Nozomi Tanaka Collection. Kaipuleohone: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42194. Type: language description. Media: image. Access: public. Resource ID: NT1-003.

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