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Presentation 2018-07-28 16:40
[Poster Presentation] Acquisition of passive sentences by Japanese children -- An eye-tracking study of 2-3-year-olds --
Reiko Okabe (Senshu Univ.), Miwa Isobe (TUA), Yukino Kobayashi (NTUT), Tomoko Monou (Mejiro Univ.), Shigeto Kawahara (Keio Univ.) TL2018-31
Abstract (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
(in English) Japanese-speaking children are reported to begin producing passive sentences without –ni phrases (i.e., short passives) at the age of 2. Some experimental studies have also shown that 3-5-year-olds exhibit adult-like interpretations of Japanese short passives. The methodologies of these studies may have put too great a cognitive burden on very young participants, and children younger than 3 may in fact be able to interpret passive sentences. To address this problem, the present study employs the preferential looking paradigm using eye-tracking technology to examine comprehension of Japanese short passives by 2-3-year-olds. We found that children looked at congruent events longer when they heard active sentences with a verb such as push and kick, but at incongruent ones longer when they encountered passive sentences with the same verbs. This result suggests that they correctly interpret active sentences with push and kick but not passive sentences, possibly due to the Lexical-ordering Strategy.
Keyword (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
(in English) acquisition / passive / eye-tracking / Japanese / / / /  
Reference Info. IEICE Tech. Rep., vol. 118, no. 163, TL2018-31, pp. 93-97, July 2018.
Paper # TL2018-31 
Date of Issue 2018-07-21 (TL) 
ISSN Print edition: ISSN 0913-5685  Online edition: ISSN 2432-6380
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Committee TL  
Conference Date 2018-07-28 - 2018-07-29 
Place (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Place (in English) Keio University 
Topics (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Topics (in English) Human Language Processing and Learning 
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Conference Code 2018-07-TL 
Language English 
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Title (in English) Acquisition of passive sentences by Japanese children 
Sub Title (in English) An eye-tracking study of 2-3-year-olds 
Keyword(1) acquisition  
Keyword(2) passive  
Keyword(3) eye-tracking  
Keyword(4) Japanese  
1st Author's Name Reiko Okabe  
1st Author's Affiliation Senshu University (Senshu Univ.)
2nd Author's Name Miwa Isobe  
2nd Author's Affiliation Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA)
3rd Author's Name Yukino Kobayashi  
3rd Author's Affiliation The National University Corporation of Tsukuba University of Technology (NTUT)
4th Author's Name Tomoko Monou  
4th Author's Affiliation Mejiro University (Mejiro Univ.)
5th Author's Name Shigeto Kawahara  
5th Author's Affiliation Keio University (Keio Univ.)
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Date Time 2018-07-28 16:40:00 
Presentation Time 80 
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Paper # IEICE-TL2018-31 
Volume (vol) IEICE-118 
Number (no) no.163 
Page pp.93-97 
#Pages IEICE-5 
Date of Issue IEICE-TL-2018-07-21 

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