The basic accomplishment of sentence processing research in the 1960s and 70s was to establish that perceivers assign structural representa- tions to sentences (Fodor et al., 1974) and they do so systematically using the formation rules of the grammar (Forster, 1979). This may sound like a singularly unimpressive accomplishment to a contem- porary linguist - mere proof of the obvious. But one must recall the extremely impoverished view of language and language processing prevalent in the U.S. in the 1950s. Processing mechanisms were thought to consist of slightly elaborated stimulus-response associations, and sentences were viewed as mere strings of concatenated words. On this view, understanding language comprehension was naturally equated with knowing how words and associations between them were learned. Consequently, language pro- cessing was investigated by performing a seemingly endless series of tedious paired associate learning studies. The shift in the 1960s to a view of sentences emphasizing hierarchically organized structures con- taining grammatical depencies between widely separated items was thus dramatic.
I. Introduction Parsing strategies.- II. Experiment 1: Declaratives With Post-Verbal Subject.- III. Experiment 2: The Cost of Chains in Parsing: Processing Declaratives With Unaccusative or Unergative Verbs.- IV. Experiment 3: Referential and Non-Referential Wh-Dependencies.- V. Experiment 4: Wh-Questions with Post-Clausal Disambiguation.- VI. Experiment 5: The Minimal Chain Principle and the Grammar of the Langauge.- VII. General Discussion.- Appendices.- Material, Experiment 1.- Material, Experiment 2.- Material, Experiment 3.- Material, Experiment 4.- Material, Experiment 5.- Index of Subjects.- Index of Authors.
Series: Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 31st October 1991
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 1.19