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This ebook argues in favour of cross-linguistic version in sentence processing by way of supplying empirical facts from ambiguity answer in Greek as L1 and L2. it's maintained that during hugely inflected languages, like Greek, preliminary parsing judgements are made up our minds by way of the interplay of morphological and lexical cues instead of by means of common parsing rules.

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Brysbaert and Mitchell found a high-attachment preference on the region with the possessive pronouns, whereas no preference for either attachment type was obtained on the region with the relative pronouns. The Spanish examples are the equivalent translations of the English examples. See also the literature from ERPs on gender violations (van Berkum, Brown and Hagoort, 1999; Carreiras, Gillon-Dowens, Barber and Betancort, 2004; FrenckMestre, 2004; Gunter, Friederici and Schriefers, 2000). Note that Late Closure has been found to apply in primary relations in Spanish.

The results on the RC attachment ambiguity in various languages indicated that general parsing principles, like Late Closure or Branch Right, do not offer an adequate account for all types of constructions and for all languages. Such findings led to slight or more radical ramifications of universal parsing theories. For example, De Vincenzi and Job’s account is close to the original Garden Path model postulating that Late Closure guides early parsing decisions whereas thematic considerations only affect later processing stages.

1996a), who suggest that parsing choices are the result of the competition between two factors. This account forms part of the more general framework of Syntactic Prediction Locality (SPL)27 postulated by Gibson (1998). , 1996a): ● Attachment to the third noun: (15a) the lamps near the paintings of the house that was damaged in the flood (15b) las lámparas cerca de las pinturas de la casa que fue dañada en la inundación28 ● Attachment to the second noun: (16a) the lamps near the painting of the houses that was damaged in the flood SENTENCE PROCESSING MODELS 29 (16b) las lámparas cerca de la pintura de las casas que fue dañada en la inundación ● Attachment to the first noun: (17a) the lamp near the paintings of the houses that was damaged in the flood (17b) la lámpara cerca de las pinturas de las casas que fue dañada en la inundación The results of the experiments with sentences like (15–17) conducted by Gibson et al.

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