We present two magnitude estimation experiments on the role of resumptive pronouns in subject extraction in English and German. In the theoretical literature, resumptives have been claimed to remedy effects of island violations, but our results show that this is not the case. Furthermore, our data also con- firm the existence of a that-trace effect for both languages, contrary to theoretical claims that this effect is not present in German. On a methodological level, our study demonstrates the importance of controlled experiments for obtaining theoretically crucial linguistic judgments, and the potential of the magnitude estimation paradigm for crosslinguistic comparisons.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|