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ERIC Number: EJ1004874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
The On-Line Processing of Unaccusativity in Greek Agrammatism
Peristeri, Eleni; Tsimpli, Ianthi-Maria; Tsapkini, Kyrana
Applied Psycholinguistics, v34 n2 p233-276 Apr 2013
We investigated the on-line processing of unaccusative and unergative sentences in a group of eight Greek-speaking individuals diagnosed with Broca aphasia and a group of language-unimpaired subjects used as the baseline. The processing of unaccusativity refers to the reactivation of the postverbal trace by retrieving the mnemonic representation of the verb's syntactically defined antecedent provided in the early part of the sentence. Our results demonstrate that the Broca group showed selective reactivation of the antecedent for the unaccusatives. We consider several interpretations for our data, including explanations focusing on the transitivization properties of nonactive and active voice-alternating unaccusatives, the costly procedure claimed to underlie the parsing of active nonvoice-alternating unaccusatives, and the animacy of the antecedent modulating the syntactic choices of the patients.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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