Lingering misinterpretations of garden path sentences arise from competing syntactic representations

Authors: Slattery, T.J., Sturt, P., Christianson, K., Yoshida, M. and Ferreira, F.

Journal: Journal of Memory and Language

Volume: 69

Issue: 2

Pages: 104-120

ISSN: 0749-596X

DOI: 10.1016/j.jml.2013.04.001

Abstract:

Recent work has suggested that readers' initial and incorrect interpretation of temporarily ambiguous ("garden path") sentences (e.g., Christianson, Hollingworth, Halliwell, & Ferreira, 2001) sometimes lingers even after attempts at reanalysis. These lingering effects have been attributed to incomplete reanalysis. In two eye tracking experiments, we distinguish between two types of incompleteness: the language comprehension system might not build a faithful syntactic structure, or it might not fully erase the structure built during an initial misparse. The first experiment used reflexive binding and the gender mismatch paradigm to show that a complete and faithful structure is built following processing of the garden-path. The second experiment used two-sentence texts to examine the extent to which the garden-path meaning from the first sentence interferes with reading of the second. Together, the results indicate that misinterpretation effects are attributable not to failure in building a proper structure, but rather to failure in cleaning up all remnants of earlier attempts to build that syntactic representation. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22639/

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Lingering misinterpretations of garden path sentences arise from competing syntactic representations

Authors: Slattery, T.J., Sturt, P., Christianson, K., Yoshida, M. and Ferreira, F.

Journal: JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE

Volume: 69

Issue: 2

Pages: 104-120

ISSN: 0749-596X

DOI: 10.1016/j.jml.2013.04.001

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22639/

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Lingering misinterpretations of garden path sentences arise from competing syntactic representations

Authors: Slattery, T.J., Sturt, P., Christianson, K., Yoshida, M. and Ferreira, F.

Journal: Journal of Memory and Language

Volume: 69

Pages: 104-120

Publisher: Academic Press

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22639/

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