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ERIC Number: EJ851462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Different Anaphoric Expressions Are Investigated by Event-Related Brain Potentials
Streb, Judith; Hennighausen, Erwin; Rosler, Frank
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v33 n3 p175-201 May 2004
Event-related potentials were recorded to substantiate the claim of a distinct psycholinguistic status of (a) pronouns vs. proper names and (b) ellipses vs. proper names. In two studies 41 students read sentences in which the number of intervening words between the anaphor and its antecedent was either small or large. Comparing the far with the near distance condition revealed anaphor resolution specific effects: Ellipses triggered a potential shift with a short latency (approximately 120-200 ms) and with a fronto-central scalp distribution while pronouns and proper names triggered one with a longer latency (approximately 360-440 ms) and a parietal to right-occipital distribution. The early effect resembled the left-anterior negativity which has been related to syntax processing, while the latter resembled an N400 which is assumed to reflect semantic integration processes. These findings support the idea that ellipses and pronouns/proper names are processed by distinct mechanisms being implemented in distinct cortical cell assemblies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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