Gibsons (1998) theory on the locality of syntactic dependencies claims that multiply center-embedded clauses are unacceptable if they contain a parse-state with at least two long unresolved predicted categories in addition to the toplevel verb. Long unresolved means a syntactic prediction spanning at least three intervening new discourse referents. This claim was based on experimental analysis of invented examples. Karlsson (2007b) provided corpus data demonstrating that, contrary to widely accepted views in linguistics and cognitive science, there are well-defined constraints on how many (maximally three) and what types of multiple center-embeddings occur in spoken and written discourse in natural languages. Gibsons theory of the processing of multiple center-embeddings will be evaluated in the light of Karlssons empirical data. The corpus data do not support the idea of a discrete limit on working memory capacity, because almost one third of the extant examples of multiple center-embedding are more complex than Gibsons acceptability limit stipulates. Spoken language processing complexity is clearly below Gibsons limit, written language is capable of transgressing it.