Discourse before gender: An event-related brain potential study on the interplay of semantic and syntactic information during spoken language understanding
SourceJournal of Psycholinguistic Research, 29, 1, (2000), pp. 53-68
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Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
SW OZ DCC CO
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
A study is presented on the effects of discourse-semantic and lexical-syntactic information during spoken sentence processing. Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were registered while subjects listened to discourses that ended in a sentence with a temporary syntactic ambiguity. The prior discourse-semantic information biased toward one analysis of the temporary ambiguity, whereas the lexical-syntactic information allowed only for the alternative analysis. The ERP results show that discourse-semantic information can momentarily take precedence over syntactic information, even if this violates grammatical gender agreement rules.
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