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Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution: A Case of L2 Learners

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Authors
Marefat, Hamideh; Nushi, Musa
Issue Date
2005
Publisher
Institute for Cognitive Science, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of Cognitive Science, Vol.6 No.1, pp. 55-71
Abstract
A self-paced reading technique examined the processing strategies adult
Persian L2 learners of English adopt when tackling sentences containing
temporary noun phrase/sentential complement ambiguity. In this study, verb
type (NP-biased vs. S-biased) and complement type (NP-complement vs. Scomplement
vs. that-clause complement) were manipulated, i.e. barring thatclause
complement, the noun phrase following these verbs was ambiguous
between the object of the preceding verb and the subject of the following
sentence complement. The purpose was to see whether L2 learners used verbbased
information as proposed by constraint-based model or only certain
principles of computational economy such as minimal attachment favored by
garden-path model in their processing of such sentences. The results indicated
that sentences in which the NP followed either of the verb types were read
measurably faster than those in which S-complement or that-clause followed
these verbs, thus providing evidence that largely confirmed the claims of the
garden-path model.
ISSN
1598-2327
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/70732
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