Processing and comprehension of locally ambiguous participial relative clause sentences in russian

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Abstract

The study tested how the Recency Preference and Predicate Proximity model (Gibson et al. in Cognition 59(1):23–59, 1996, https://doi.org/10.1016/0010-0277(88)90004-2) plays out by examining the attachment preferences of native Russian speakers when processing locally ambiguous participial relative clause sentences with three potential NP attachment sites in Russian. Using a self-paced reading task, reading times and noun phrase selection responses were collected. Results showed significantly shorter reading times at the disambiguating region and higher accuracy rate of selection in the high-attaching condition than in the middle- and low-attaching conditions. No significant differences were found between the middle- and low-attaching conditions. We argue that Predicate Proximity is a much stronger factor than Recency Preference in Russian. Copyright © 2024 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Volume53
Early online dateFeb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

Citation

Darzhinova, L., & Luk, Z. P.-S. (2024). Processing and comprehension of locally ambiguous participial relative clause sentences in russian. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 53, Article 15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10936-024-10041-4

Keywords

  • Sentence processing
  • Syntactic ambiguity
  • Self-paced reading
  • Attachment preference
  • Comprehension

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