THE MENTAL REPRESENTATION OF CASE
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The preceding chapter has documented a wide range of first-pass preferences found in syntactic-function ambiguities which could be summarized by the Case Assignment Generalization “NOM > ACC > DAT”. To date, only one systematic exception to this generalization has been identified. This exception, which we have—following psycholinguistic and philological tradition—termed CASE ATTRACTION in prior work (cf. Bader, 1997; Bader and Meng, 1999), will be the topic of the current chapter. To introduce the phenomenon of Case attraction, consider the following contrasts which were noted in Bader (1994).
KeywordsRelative Clause Ambiguity Resolution Head Noun Ambiguous Sentence Structural Case
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