Dynamic Integration of Pragmatic Expectations and Real-World Event Knowledge in Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a sentence completion study and a self-paced reading experiment involving a relative clause attachment ambiguity. Our results provide evidence that comprehenders resolve local structural ambiguity during incremental sentence processing by combining expectations about upcoming discourse continuations with their knowledge of typical relationships between event participants. We interpret these results as supporting an account in which comprehenders dynamically integrate cues from an in-principle unbounded range of sources during language comprehension.


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