When does gender constrain parsing? Evidence from ERPs
SourceJournal of Psycholinguistic Research, 28, 5, (1999), pp. 555-571
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Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
SW OZ DCC CO
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
We review the implications of recent ERP evidence for when and how grammatical gender agreement constrains sentence parsing. In some theories of parsing, gender is assumed to immediately and categorically block gender-incongruent phrase structure alternatives from being pursued. In other theories, the parser initially ignores gender altogether. The ERP evidence we discuss suggests an intermediate position, in which grammatical gender does not immediately block gender-incongruent phrase structures from being considered, but is used to dispose of them shortly thereafter.
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