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Nemat Zadeh S, Roshan B, Ghiasian M S, Ghaffari M. Levels of Complexity of SS and SO Type Relative Clauses in Preschool Persian Speaking Children. IQBQ. 2014; 4 (4) :221-244
URL: http://journals.modares.ac.ir/article-14-9067-en.html
1- Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran
2- Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Payam Noor University, Tehran, Iran
3- Ph.D. Student, Department of Linguistics, Payam Noor University, Tehran, Iran
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In recent decades, processing relative clauses (RCs) and studying their complexity in different languages had an important role in linguistic and psycholinguistic researches. This study is to compare the complexity of two types of Persian RCs: Subject-Subject (SS) type and Subject-Object (SO) type. This complexity is assessed on the psychological criterion of the preschool children’s understanding of the sentences in which these types of RCs are used. 96 Persian native children in three different age ranges of 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6 (each range 32 children) took part in this study. They were presented by the fore-mentioned types of sentences in two different forms of declarative and interrogative sentences, in different ways of showing pictures and realties, and also asking them to follow the order. Then their understanding of these sentences was tested. The results showed that SO type RCs, both in declarative and interrogative forms, were clearly more complex than SS type RCs.        
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Article Type: Research Paper | Subject: Education|Psychology of language|Linguistics
Received: 2012/06/3 | Accepted: 2013/01/1 | Published: 2013/12/22

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