Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 141–154 | Cite as

Brain Potentials in the Processing of Complex Sentences: An ERP Study of Control and Raising Constructions

  • Samuel Featherston
  • Matthias Gross
  • Thomas F. Münte
  • Harald Clahsen


In the present study we made use of Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) to examine raising and subject control constructions in German. Our most salient result is that the ERPs elicited at the empty subject position of a raising construction are clearly different from those elicited at the corresponding position of an otherwise identical subject control construction, the former producing a stronger P600. We argue that this result provides an electrophysiological correlate of the theoretical distinction between NP trace and PRO.


Subject Control Cognitive Psychology Subject Position Brain Potential Complex Sentence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Featherston
    • 1
  • Matthias Gross
    • 2
  • Thomas F. Münte
    • 2
  • Harald Clahsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticUniversity of EssexColchesterEngland
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyMedical School of HanoverHanoverGermany
  3. 3.Department of LinguisticUniversity of EssexColchesterEngland

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