Effects of Sentence Structure on Sentence Elicited Imitation Responses This study investigates the effects of sentence structure on the number of error sentences and response latency in a sentence-repetition task. Forty female college students repeated short and long test sentences containing either a single self-embedded or right-branching subject-focus or object-focus relative clause. Sentences were also controlled for deletion of ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1978
Effects of Sentence Structure on Sentence Elicited Imitation Responses
 
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  • Jo Carol Hudgins
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
  • Walter L. Cullinan
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1978
Effects of Sentence Structure on Sentence Elicited Imitation Responses
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1978, Vol. 21, 809-819. doi:10.1044/jshr.2104.809
History: Received November 25, 1977 , Accepted August 1, 1978
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1978, Vol. 21, 809-819. doi:10.1044/jshr.2104.809
History: Received November 25, 1977; Accepted August 1, 1978

This study investigates the effects of sentence structure on the number of error sentences and response latency in a sentence-repetition task. Forty female college students repeated short and long test sentences containing either a single self-embedded or right-branching subject-focus or object-focus relative clause. Sentences were also controlled for deletion of the relative pronoun of the relative clause. Sentence structure was found to affect sentence elicited imitation response accuracy and latency in a manner similar to the effects of structure on ease of comprehension. The findings are consistent with a canonical-sentoid strategy explanation of sentence processing during sentence imitation.

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