Syntactic priming in English sentence production: Categorical and latency evidence from an Internet-based study


To date, syntactic priming in sentence production has been investigated categorically, in terms of the probabilities of reusing particular syntactic structures. In this paper, we report a web-based replication of Pickering and Branigan (1998), Experiment 1, using a typed sentence completion paradigm that made it possible to record not only the responses made but also the response onset latency for each sentence completion. In conditions where priming occurred (as determined categorically), responses took less time when target completions were of the same type as preceding prime completions than when they differed. As well as validating Internet-based research by direct comparison with laboratory-based work, our findings strengthen the support for an architectural account of syntactic priming as envisaged by Pickering and Branigan.


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Correspondence to Martin Corley.

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The order of the authors is arbitrary. This research was supported in part by ARC Project 1024 of the British Council and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

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Corley, M., Scheepers, C. Syntactic priming in English sentence production: Categorical and latency evidence from an Internet-based study. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 9, 126–131 (2002) doi:10.3758/BF03196267

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