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ERIC Number: EJ850851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Sensitivity to Syntactic Changes in Garden Path Sentences
Christianson, Kiel
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v37 n6 p391-403 Nov 2008
The results of two text-change experiments are reported. The experiments were designed to investigate the syntactic representation of garden path sentences such as "While the man hunted the deer that was brown and graceful ran into the woods", specifically the claim that a significant number of misinterpretations of such sentences are due to incomplete syntactic reanalysis (Christianson et al. Cogn Psychol 42:368-407, 2001). In the experiments reported here, the pronoun "it" was added (Expt. 1) or deleted (Expt. 2) from short texts containing such sentences. Participants were more or less likely to notice both deletions and additions of it in certain syntactic contexts, as predicted by the incomplete reanalysis account. Correlations with reading times support this interpretation of the results. Overall, the data are consistent with a "good enough" view of language processing (Ferreira et al. J Psycholinguist Res 30:3-20, 2001).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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