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Shijie Zhang

Research student

Shijie Zhang

Lancaster University

County South



Research Interests

My primary research area is in psycholinguistics. My current research studies the acquisition and processing of relative clauses in heritage Mandarin-English bilingual children. Processing asymmetries in relative clauses have received considerable attention, as they are relevant to the fundamental properties of syntactic processing. For European languages like English, there is a strong consensus that subject relative clauses such as ‘the dog that chased the cat’ are easier to acquire and to process than object relative clauses such as ‘the dog that the cat chased’. However, it is not entirely clear whether this subject relative clauses advantage hold cross-linguistically. This project focuses on Mandarin Chinese, in which the results are contradictory.

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