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Reading: Children’s Understanding of Sentences with Actional and Nonactional Verbs

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Children’s Understanding of Sentences with Actional and Nonactional Verbs

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Jean-Pierre Thibaut ,

Laboratoire de Psycholinguistique, University of Liège, Bât. 32., Boulevard du Rectorat, 5, 4000 Liège, BE
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Jean A. Rondal

University of Liège, BE
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Abstract

Previous work has shown that sentences with actional verbs (e.g., to hit) are better understood by children than sentences with nonactional verbs (e.g., to see). This effect is accounted for in contrasted ways in the literature. These explanations are analyzed and found wanting both theoretically and empirically. An alternative suggestion is made. It is based on new data as well as on a reanalysis of previously published ones. Accordingly, actional verbs favor the construction of mental images that serve as supports for the operations involved in processing sentences.
How to Cite: Thibaut, J.-P. and Rondal, J.A., 1997. Children’s Understanding of Sentences with Actional and Nonactional Verbs. Psychologica Belgica, 37(3), pp.157–168. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.914
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Published on 01 Jan 1997.
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