The Production of Head-Initial and Head-Final Languages

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Abstract

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.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationProcessing and Producing Head-final Structures
EditorsHiroko Yamashita, Yuki Hirose, Jerome L. Packard
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages113-129
Number of pages17
Volume38
Edition3rd
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
PublisherSpringer Netherlands

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