Parallelism in Coordination as an Instance of Syntactic Priming: Evidence from Corpus-based Modeling

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Abstract

Experimental research in psycholinguistics has demonstrated a parallelism effect in coordination: speakers are faster at processing the second conjunct of a coordinate structure if it has the same internal structure as the first conjunct. We show that this phenomenon can be explained by the prevalence of parallel structures in corpus data. We demonstrate that parallelism is not limited to coordination, but also applies to arbitrary syntactic configurations, and even to documents. This indicates that the parallelism effect is an instance of a general syntactic priming mechanism in human language processing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHLT '05 Proceedings of the conference on Human Language Technology and Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages827-834
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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