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© 2006

CASE AND LINKING IN LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION

Evidence from German

Book

Part of the STUDIES IN THEORETICAL PSYCHOLINGUISTICS book series (SITP, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 1-18
  3. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 19-47
  4. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 49-85
  5. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 87-114
  6. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 115-137
  7. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 139-195
  8. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 197-234
  9. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 235-260
  10. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 261-287
  11. MARKUS BADER, JOSEF BAYER
    Pages 289-297
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 299-319

About this book

Introduction

The German language, due to its verb-final nature, relatively free order of constituents and morphological Case system, poses challenges for models of human syntactic processing which have mainly been developed on the basis of head-initial languages with little or no morphological Case.

The verb-final order means that the parser has to make predictions about the input before receiving the verb. What are these predictions? What happens when the predictions turn out to be wrong? Furthermore, the German morphological Case system contains ambiguities. How are these ambiguities resolved under the normal time pressure in comprehension?

Based on theoretical as well as experimental work, the present monograph develops a detailed account of the processing steps that underly language comprehension. At its core is a model of linking noun phrases to arguments of the verb in the developing phrase structure and checking the result with respect to features such as person, number and Case.

This volume contains detailed introductions to human syntactic processing as well as to German syntax which will be helpful especially for readers less familiar with psycholinguistics and with Germanic.

Keywords

German Index Syntax Verb language linguistics noun phrase present psycholinguistics syntactic verb-final

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of KonstanzGermany
  2. 2.University of KonstanzGermany

About the authors

Markus Bader is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. He specializes in human language processing with an emphasis on syntax. He was formerly at the University of Jena and has been a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is widely known for his work on the processing of German.

Josef Bayer is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. His specialization is mainly in syntactic theory, and comparative linguistics, Germanic and South-Asian. He was formerly at the University of Jena and has held positions in research centers in Germany and in the Netherlands.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title CASE AND LINKING IN LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION
  • Book Subtitle Evidence from German
  • Authors Markus Bader
    Josef Bayer
  • Series Title STUDIES IN THEORETICAL PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-4344-9
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-4343-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-7111-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-4344-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psycholinguistics
    Germanic Languages
    Syntax
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This is a very good book reporting lots of interesting work particularly for those who concern themselves with the boundary zone of syntax and processing. … First, it is a very well written. The text style is clear and simple; it is succinct and to the point. … Second, it provides all the background information … to make it accessible to non-specialists. … it is a significant contribution to the literature in its field. … I can heartily recommend it to others in the field." (Sam Featherston, The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, Vol. 11, 2008)