S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 51 Number 1/3 (2015)
The Resolution of Wh-Scope Ambiguity in Korean and Locality Bias
- Hahn, Hye-ryeong
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.51 No.1, pp. 91-120
- The interpretation of a wh-phrase in Korean is structurally dependent on the position of a question particle in the sentence. In order to investigate how native speakers of Korean resolve the dependency between a wh-phrase and a question particle, this study administered a sentence fragment completion test to 76 adult native speakers of Korean. The participants were presented with sentence fragments containing a wh-phrase in three conditions, which varied by the position of the wh-phrase, and then were asked to provide their own words to complete the sentences. The analysis of the responses revealed that the participants strongly preferred to fix the scope for a wh-phrase as early as possible, after the argument position of a wh-phrase. The findings confirm previous findings on a locality bias in the processing of in-situ wh-constructions, and further provide evidence for the bias in the processing of scrambled-wh constructions.