Strategies for processing unbounded dependencies: Lexical information and verb-argument assignment

M J Pickering, M J Traxler

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Abstract

This article describes 2 experiments about verb-argument relations in sentence processing in which there is no ambiguity involving the subcategorization of the verb but in which the role that the argument serves is initially unclear. Specifically, a self-paced reading experiment and an eye-tracking experiment investigated the way in which readers form unbounded dependencies when the verb is looking for both a direct object and a clause and when the filler either could be the direct object or could form part of the clause. The results suggested that readers treated the filler as the verb's direct object and probably also considered the clausal analysis at the same time. The results are interpreted with respect to current accounts of parsing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1401-1410
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001

Keywords

  • SYNTACTIC AMBIGUITY RESOLUTION
  • EYE-MOVEMENTS
  • SENTENCE COMPREHENSION
  • EMPTY CATEGORIES
  • RELATIVE CLAUSES
  • FILLING GAPS
  • GARDEN-PATHS
  • CONTEXT
  • ONLINE
  • PLAUSIBILITY

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