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Effect of partial quotation and transparent free relatives on perspective shift

Perspective shift allows speakers to utter content they may not fully endorse. We explore the interpretation of perspective shifting expressions with a study on Transparent Free Relatives (Allen poured [what (is called/he calls) a beergarita]) and …

Evidence for lingering structural prediction in 'either-or' structures

Investigating sound and structure in concert: A pupillometry study of relative clause attachment

Listeners must integrate multiple sources of information to construct an interpretation of a sentence. We concentrate here on the alignment of prosodic and syntactic grouping during online sentence comprehension. We present the results from a …

Listeners’ beliefs about the speaker and adaptation to the deviant use of prosody

Three visual-world eye-tracking experiments investigated how listeners responded to proper conventional (Exp.1) and unconventional (Exp.2-3) uses of contrastive accent. Exp.1 confirmed that conventional uses of contrastive accent lead anticipatory …

Prosody-meaning mismatches in PP ambiguity: Incremental processing with pupillometry

We report the results of a pupillometry experiment on the prosodic disambiguation of PP modifier sentences. We manipulated instrument plausibility ('pen' vs. 'gun') and prosodic boundary placement, so that a prosodic boundary biased towards a …

Similarity-based interference and morphological retrieval in Portuguese sluiced sentences

Cue-based retrieval models predict reduced retrieval accuracy when the retrieval cue overlaps with more than one item in memory (similarity-based interference, SBI). This study addresses the extent to which morphological gender and number interact …

The limits of forward thinking: Structural prediction with correlative and quantificational 'both'

Thinking ahead has its limits: Structural prediction with correlative and quantificational both

Expressions such as 'either' can be used in a correlative structure ('either...or') or as a quantifier ('either student'). Previous research found that sentence-initial correlative 'either' facilitated coordination processing by generating a …

Complement coercion induces greater garden path cost: Two eye tracking studies

Pupil dilation indexes closure mismatches between prosody and syntax