Syntactic category disambiguation within an architecture of human language processing

Abstract

Syntactic category ambiguities are very frequent in natural languages, and all architectures of language processing need a mechanism for disambiguating syntactic category ambiguities. Corley and Crocker (2000) suggested that syntactic category disambiguation can be assigned its own module within a modular architecture. We will show that the model defined by Corley and Crocker can account for a considerable amount of variance in reading times of naturally occurring texts. In addition, we provide evidence that syntactic category disambiguation may be independent of syntactic top-down expectations, emphasizing the important role of bottom-up processes within an architecture of human language processing.


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