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Seeing events vs. entities: The processing advantage of Pseudo Relatives over Relative Clauses.

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  • Céline Pozniak
  • Barbara Hemforth
  • Yair Haendler
  • Andrea Santi
  • Nino Grillo

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JournalJournal of Memory and Language
DateSubmitted - Jun 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Apr 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - 1 Aug 2019
Volume107
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)128-151
Early online date13/05/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We present the results of three offline questionnaires (one attachment preference study and two acceptability judgments) and two eye-tracking studies in French and English, investigating the resolution of the ambiguity between pseudo relative and relative clause interpretations. This structural and interpretive ambiguity has recently been shown to play a central role in the explanation of apparent cross-linguistic asymmetries in relative clause attachment (Grillo & Costa, 2014; Grillo et al., 2015). This literature has argued that pseudo relatives are preferred to relative clauses because of their structural and interpretive simplicity. This paper adds to this growing body of literature in two ways. First we show that, in contrast to previous findings, French speakers prefer to attach relative clauses to the most local antecedent once pseudo relative availability is controlled for. We then provide direct support for the pseudo relative preference: grammatically forced disambiguation to a relative clause interpretation leads to degraded acceptability and greater processing cost in a pseudo relative environment than maintaining compatibility with a pseudo relative.

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    Research areas

  • (Pseudo) Relative clauses, Ambiguity resolution, Attachment preferences, Economy of computation, Locality, Universality of parsing principles

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