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ERIC Number: EJ1057280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Syntactic Priming during Sentence Comprehension: Evidence for the Lexical Boost
Traxler, Matthew J.; Tooley, Kristen M.; Pickering, Martin J.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v40 n4 p905-918 Jul 2014
Syntactic priming occurs when structural information from one sentence influences processing of a subsequently encountered sentence (Bock, 1986; Ledoux et al., 2007). This article reports 2 eye-tracking experiments investigating the effects of a prime sentence on the processing of a target sentence that shared aspects of syntactic form. The experiments were designed to determine the degree to which lexical overlap between prime and target sentences produced larger effects, comparable to the widely observed "lexical boost" in production experiments (Pickering & Branigan, 1998; Pickering & Ferreira, 2008). The current experiments showed that priming effects during online comprehension were in fact larger when a verb was repeated across the prime and target sentences (see also Tooley et al., 2009). The finding of larger priming effects with lexical repetition supports accounts under which syntactic form representations are connected to individual lexical items (e.g., Tomasello, 2003; Vosse & Kempen, 2000, 2009).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS); National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R01HD073948|1024003