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Cross-structural priming prepositional phrase attachment primes relative clause attachment

Maaike Loncke (UGent) , Sébastien Van Laere (UGent) and Timothy Desmet (UGent)
(2011) EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 58(3). p.227-234
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In this paper we show that attachment height (high vs. low attachment) of a modifier to a complex noun phrase (CNP; e.g., “the servant of the actress”), can be primed between dissimilar syntactic structures. In a sentence completion experiment, we found that the attachment height of a prepositional phrase (PP) in the prime sentence primed the attachment height of a relative clause (RC) in the target sentence. This cross-structural priming effect cannot be explained in terms of the priming of specific phrase-structure rules or even sequences of specific phrase-structure rules (Scheepers, 2003), because the attachment of a PP to a CNP is generated by a different phrase-structure rule than the attachment of an RC. However, the present data suggest that the location at which the RC is attached to the CNP is mentally represented, independent of the specific phrase-structure rule that is attached, or by extension, that the abstract hierarchical configuration of the full CNP and the attached RC is represented (Desmet & Declercq, 2006). This is the first demonstration of a cross-structural priming effect that cannot be captured by phrase-structure rules.
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PERSISTENCE, COMPREHENSION, GRAMMARS, CONFIGURATION, CORPUS FREQUENCIES, MODIFIER ATTACHMENT, SENTENCE PRODUCTION, LANGUAGE PRODUCTION, prepositional phrase, relative clause, attachment, syntactic priming, syntactic representation, sentence processing, DUTCH

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Loncke, Maaike, Sébastien Van Laere, and Timothy Desmet. “Cross-structural Priming Prepositional Phrase Attachment Primes Relative Clause Attachment.” EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 58.3 (2011): 227–234. Print.
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Loncke, M., Van Laere, S., & Desmet, T. (2011). Cross-structural priming prepositional phrase attachment primes relative clause attachment. EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 58(3), 227–234.
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Loncke, Maaike, Sébastien Van Laere, and Timothy Desmet. 2011. “Cross-structural Priming Prepositional Phrase Attachment Primes Relative Clause Attachment.” Experimental Psychology 58 (3): 227–234.
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Loncke, Maaike, Sébastien Van Laere, and Timothy Desmet. 2011. “Cross-structural Priming Prepositional Phrase Attachment Primes Relative Clause Attachment.” Experimental Psychology 58 (3): 227–234.
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Loncke M, Van Laere S, Desmet T. Cross-structural priming prepositional phrase attachment primes relative clause attachment. EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2011;58(3):227–34.
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M. Loncke, S. Van Laere, and T. Desmet, “Cross-structural priming prepositional phrase attachment primes relative clause attachment,” EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 227–234, 2011.
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  abstract     = {In this paper we show that attachment height (high vs. low attachment) of a modifier to a complex noun phrase (CNP; e.g., “the servant of the actress”), can be primed between dissimilar syntactic structures. In a sentence completion experiment, we found that the attachment height of a prepositional phrase (PP) in the prime sentence primed the attachment height of a relative clause (RC) in the target sentence. This cross-structural priming effect cannot be explained in terms of the priming of specific phrase-structure rules or even sequences of specific phrase-structure rules (Scheepers, 2003), because the attachment of a PP to a CNP is generated by a different phrase-structure rule than the attachment of an RC. However, the present data suggest that the location at which the RC is attached to the CNP is mentally represented, independent of the specific phrase-structure rule that is attached, or by extension, that the abstract hierarchical configuration of the full CNP and the attached RC is represented (Desmet & Declercq, 2006). This is the first demonstration of a cross-structural priming effect that cannot be captured by phrase-structure rules.},
  author       = {Loncke, Maaike and Van Laere, Sébastien and Desmet, Timothy},
  issn         = {1618-3169},
  journal      = {EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keywords     = {PERSISTENCE,COMPREHENSION,GRAMMARS,CONFIGURATION,CORPUS FREQUENCIES,MODIFIER ATTACHMENT,SENTENCE PRODUCTION,LANGUAGE PRODUCTION,prepositional phrase,relative clause,attachment,syntactic priming,syntactic representation,sentence processing,DUTCH},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {227--234},
  title        = {Cross-structural priming prepositional phrase attachment primes relative clause attachment},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000089},
  volume       = {58},
  year         = {2011},
}

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