Lexical preference and global structure contributions to syntactic choice in sentence production

Clare J. Huxley, Janet F. McLean, Holly P. Branigan, Martin J. Pickering

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    When people decide how to express a message, they have to choose among different sentence structures. These choices are affected by lexical factors (such as whether a verb is more commonly associated with one structure than another) and by structural factors, such as the overall preference for one structure over another. After reviewing the psycholinguistic literature, we discuss a range of grammars that make use of lexical information in syntactic structure building. We then discuss recent psycholinguistic evidence that suggests that choice of structure depends on lexical information and on the global syntactic environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCase, word order and prominence
    Subtitle of host publicationinteracting cues in language production and comprehension
    EditorsMonique Lamers, Peter de Swart
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherSpringer Netherlands
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9789400714632
    ISBN (Print)9789400714625
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
    PublisherSpringer Netherlands
    ISSN (Print)1873-0043


    • Sentence production
    • Syntax
    • Lexical preference
    • Language processing


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