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ERIC Number: EJ1168396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
ERP Responses to Violations in the Hierarchical Structure of Functional Categories in Japanese Verb Conjugation
Kobayashi, Yuki; Sugioka, Yoko; Ito, Takane
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v47 n1 p215-240 Feb 2018
An event-related potential experiment was conducted in order to investigate readers' response to violations in the hierarchical structure of functional categories in Japanese, an agglutinative language where functional heads like Negation (Neg) as well as Tense (Tns) are realized as suffixes. A left-lateralized negativity followed by a P600 was elicited for the anomaly of attaching a Neg morpheme outside a Tns-marking suffix (i.e., syntactic violation of the form *[[V - Tns] - Neg]), while only P600 was observed for the anomalous form with a purely morphological/morpho-phonological violation, i.e., a Neg morpheme attached to "ren'yo" form instead of Neg-selecting form. The findings suggest that the syntactic structure involving Tns and Neg in Japanese, realized within a word as a sequence of suffixes, is processed in a similar manner to the syntactic structures that are phrasally realized in well-studied European languages like English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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