Conceptual accessibility and serial order in Greek speech production

E Feleki, Holly Branigan

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Abstract

Current theories of language production disagree about the way in which conceptual accessibility influences syntactic processing (e.g. Beck, 1987; De Smedt, 1990). We present theoretical arguments that the assumption of highly incremental processing can only be reconciled with theories in which conceptual accessibility influences word order. We report a sentence recall experiment in Modern Greek that provides empirical support for this position. Our results demonstrate that Creek speakers prefer to place conceptually accessible entities in early word order positions, irrespective of grammatical function, contrary to previous Endings for English (Bock & Warren, 1985; McDonald, Beck Br Kelly, 1993). We interpret our results as evidence for highly incremental processing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsM Hahn, SC Stoness
Place of PublicationMahwah
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
Pages96-101
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0-8058-3581-4
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Event21st Annual Conference of the Cognitive-Science-Society - VANCOUVER
Duration: 19 Aug 199921 Aug 1999

Conference

Conference21st Annual Conference of the Cognitive-Science-Society
CityVANCOUVER
Period19/08/9921/08/99

Keywords

  • SENTENCE FORMULATION
  • LANGUAGE PRODUCTION

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