ERIC Number: EJ724308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Conceptual Accessibility and Sentence Production in a Free Word Order Language (Odawa)
Christianson, Kiel; Ferreira, Fernanda
Cognition, v98 n2 p105-135 Dec 2005
The study reported here was conducted in the Algonquian language of Odawa (a.k.a. Ottawa), with the goal of gaining new insight into the ways that conceptual accessibility affects human sentence production. The linguistic characteristics of Odawa are quite different from those found in the languages most often examined by psycholinguists. The data obtained from the sentence production experiment reported here are thus relevant to production in a heretofore unexamined language. Moreover, the data inform broader theoretical issues, such as the extent to which sentence production can be considered as an incremental process, and the interaction of the various factors affecting conceptual accessibility. In addition, the study stands as evidence that experimental psycholinguistic research can and should be carried out in typologically diverse languages.
Descriptors: Word Order, Sentence Structure, Linguistic Theory, American Indian Languages, Foreign Countries, Verbs, Psycholinguistics
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Ottawa)