While there have been many investigations of the comprehension of head-final languages, there have been fewer studies of how they are produced. In this chapter, we discuss the mechanisms of syntactic processing in the production of head-initial and head-final languages. In particular, we consider three factors that have been hypothesized to influence syntactic choice in language production â?? the conceptual accessibility of nouns, structural priming and the length of noun phrases and examine how these phenomena influence syntactic processing in head-initial and head-final languages. We then discuss the extent to which syntactic processing might involve the same mechanisms in head-initial and head-final language production.
|Title of host publication||Processing and Producing Head-final Structures|
|Editors||Hiroko Yamashita, Yuki Hirose, Jerome L. Packard|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Name||Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics|