Parsing with focus particles in context: eye movements during the processing of relative clause ambiguities
Filik, Ruth, Paterson, Kevin B. and Liversedge, Simon P. (2005) Parsing with focus particles in context: eye movements during the processing of relative clause ambiguities. Journal of Memory and Language, 53, (4), 473-495. (doi:10.1016/j.jml.2005.07.004).
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Sedivy (2002) proposed that using only and prior referential previous termcontextnext term to specify contrastive previous termfocusnext term can guide the previous termparsingnext term of relative clause ambiguities. We report two studies investigating this hypothesis, using sentences that either temporarily allowed or disallowed a transitive main clause interpretation. Sentence completions demonstrated that only and interrogative previous termcontextsnext term jointly influenced the frequency of relative clause completions to ambiguous fragments. Eye-tracking demonstrated that conjoint effects of only and previous termcontextnext term influenced initial previous termparsingnext term decisions only when the active transitive analysis was unavailable. The results are consistent with previous observations that the influence of contrastive previous termfocusnext term on sentence processing depends on which syntactic analyses are available to the parser (Liversedge et al., 2002 and Paterson et al., 1999).
|Keywords:||focus particles, contrastive, focus, referential, context, syntactic ambiguity resolution|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Cognition
|Date Deposited:||29 Jul 2008|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 13:54|
|Contributors:||Filik, Ruth (Author)
Paterson, Kevin B. (Author)
Liversedge, Simon P. (Author)
|Contact Email Address:||email@example.com|
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