Processing coordinated structures: incrementality and connectedness

Patrick Sturt, Vincenzo Lombardo

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We recorded participants' eye movements while they read sentences containing verb-phrase coordination. Results showed evidence of immediate processing disruption when a reflexive pronoun embedded in the conjoined verb phrase mismatched the sentence subject. We argue that this result is incompatible with models of human parsing that employ only bottom-up parsing procedures, even when flexible constituency is employed. Models need to incorporate a mechanism similar to the adjoining operation in Tree-Adjoining Grammar, in which one structure is inserted into another.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-305
Number of pages15
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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