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On Reanalyis: Evidence from German

  • Markus Bader
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 24)

Abstract

This paper will explore the question of how the phenomenon of variable garden-path strength might be modeled within a serial model of the human parsing mechanism. The basic property of a serial parser (cf. Frazier, 1979; Frazier & Fodor, 1979) is that it always computes a single, fully specified syntactic representation. This representation, which is called “current partial phrase marker” (CPPM), is continuously updated as each word is read. Due to the existence of local syntactic ambiguities, a serial parser will from time to time compute syntactic structures that are contradicted by following material. In such a situation, the original CPPM has to be revised in order to make it compatible with the current input. This paper will explore the question of what determines whether recovery from a syntactic misanalysis is easy or difficult: why do some misanalyses lead the parser down the garden-path while others are easy to recover from?

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Phonological Code Thematic Role Ambiguous Sentence Pitch Accent Accusative Case 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Bader
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  1. 1.Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaGermany

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