(Non-)Arguments in Long-Distance Extractions

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Previous research has shown that in fully grammatical sentences, response time increases and acceptability decreases when the filler in a long-distance extraction is incom- patible with the matrix verb. This effect could potentially be due to a difference between argument and adjunct extraction. In this paper we investigate the effect of long extraction of arguments and adjuncts where incompatibility is kept constant. Based on the results from two offline surveys and an online experiment, we argue that the argument/adjunct asymmetry in terms of acceptability is due to differences in processing difficulty, but that both types of extraction involve the same intermediate attachment sites in the online processing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Volume44
Issue5
Pages (from-to)519-531
Number of pages13
ISSN0090-6905
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Language, Syntax, Parsing, psycholinguistics, Acceptability, G-maze, incremental processing, long-distance dependence, Syntactic island, Relative Clauses, Danish

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