Syntactic priming in language production

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Abstract / Description of output

People have a tendency to repeat the types of sentences they use during language production. Recent experimental work has shown that this phenomenon is at least partly due to 'syntactic priming', whereby the act of processing an utterance with a particular form facilitates processing a subsequent utterance with the same or a related form. In this review, we first provide an overview of the evidence for syntactic priming. The review will then explore the implications of this research for three different areas of language theory: the possible functional significance of syntactic priming in coordinating speakers during dialogue, the mechanisms underlying sentence production, and the nature of linguistic representation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-141
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • SENTENCE PRODUCTION
  • EMPTY CATEGORIES
  • LEMMA RETRIEVAL
  • CONVERSATION
  • COORDINATION
  • REPRESENTATION
  • FACILITATION
  • PERSISTENCE
  • SPEAKING
  • DIALOG

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