Do you what I say? People reconstruct the syntax of anomalous utterances

Iva Ivanova, Holly P. Branigan, Janet F. McLean, Albert Costa, Martin J. Pickering

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Abstract

We frequently experience and successfully process anomalous utterances. Here we examine whether people do this by ‘correcting’ syntactic anomalies to yield well-formed representations. In two structural priming experiments, participants’ syntactic choices in picture description were influenced as strongly by previously comprehended anomalous (missing-verb) prime sentences as by well-formed prime sentences. Our results suggest that comprehenders can reconstruct the constituent structure of anomalous utterances – even when such utterances lack a major structural component such as the verb. These results also imply that structural alignment in dialogue is unaffected if one interlocutor produces anomalous utterances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-189
Number of pages15
JournalLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
Volume32
Issue number2
Early online date28 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2017

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Ivanova, Iva ; Branigan, Holly P. ; McLean, Janet F. ; Costa, Albert ; Pickering, Martin J. / Do you what I say? People reconstruct the syntax of anomalous utterances. In: Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 2017 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 175-189.
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In: Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, Vol. 32, No. 2, 07.02.2017, p. 175-189.

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