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ERIC Number: EJ854750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
Making Simple Sentences Hard: Verb Bias Effects in Simple Direct Object Sentences
Wilson, Michael P.; Garnsey, Susan M.
Journal of Memory and Language, v60 n3 p368-392 Apr 2009
Constraint-based lexical models of language processing assume that readers resolve temporary ambiguities by relying on a variety of cues, including particular knowledge of how verbs combine with nouns. Previous experiments have demonstrated verb bias effects only in structurally complex sentences, and have been criticized on the grounds that such effects could be due to a rapid reanalysis stage in a two-stage modular processing system. In a self-paced reading experiment and an eyetracking experiment, we demonstrate verb bias effects in sentences with simple structures that should require no reanalysis, and thus provide evidence that the combinatorial properties of individual words influence the earliest stages of sentence comprehension. (Contains 4 figures and 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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