The influence of globally ungrammatical local syntactic constraints on real-time sentence comprehension: Evidence from the visual world paradigm and reading
We investigated the influence of globally ungrammatical local syntactic constraints on sentence comprehension, as well as the corresponding activation of global and local representations. In Experiment 1, participants viewed visual scenes with objects like a carousel and motorbike while hearing sentences with noun phrase (NP) or verb phrase (VP) modifiers like “The girl who likes the man (from London/very much) will ride the carousel.” In both cases, “girl” and “ride” predicted carousel as the direct object; however, the locally coherent combination “the man from London will ride…” in NP cases alternatively predicted motorbike. During “ride,” local constraints, although ruled out by the global constraints, influenced prediction as strongly as global constraints: While motorbike was fixated less than carousel in VP cases, it was fixated as much as carousel in NP cases. In Experiment 2, these local constraints likewise slowed reading times. We discuss implications for theories of sentence processing.
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Citation : Kamide, Y., & Kukona, A. (2018) The influence of globally ungrammatical local syntactic constraints on real-time sentence comprehension: Evidence from the visual world paradigm and reading. Cognitive Science, 42 (8), pp. 2976-2998
ISSN : 0364-0213
Research Group : Psychology
Peer Reviewed : Yes