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Christine S. Schipke, Lisa J. Knoll, Angela D. Friederici and Regine Oberecker Preschool children’s interpretation of object-initial sentences: Neural correlates of their behavioral performance Developmental Science 15

Version of Record online: 29 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01167.x

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The acquisition of the function of case-marking is a key step in the development of sentence processing for German-speaking children since case-marking reveals the relations between sentential arguments. In this study, we investigated the development of the processing of case-marking and argument structures in children at 3, 4;6 and 6 years of age, as well as its processing in adults. Using EEG, we measured event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to object-initial compared to subject-initial German sentences including transitive verbs and case-marked noun phrases referring to animate arguments.

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