Preservation of the Initial Analysis in Absence of Pragmatic Inference with Japanese Relative Clause Sentences

Chie Nakamura, Manabu Arai

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Abstract

Previous studies reported that language comprehenders tend to preserve the initial incorrect analysis with temporarily ambiguous sentences following structural reanalysis (Christianson et al., 2001; van Gompel et al., 2006). One possible criticism is that the sentences tested in previous studies allow comprehenders to pragmatically infer that the initial misanalysis may be true. It is thus unclear whether the tendency can still be observed where such inferences are not possible. The current study therefore tested the relative clause sentences in Japanese, which are temporarily ambiguous between the main clause and relative clause analysis. Crucially, our sentences differed from those in the past studies in that the correct interpretation following reanalysis makes an interpretation for the initial analysis pragmatically incompatible. The results demonstrated that an interpretation for the initial analysis persists even without pragmatic inference and that such incomplete syntactic representations are most likely due to excessive processing load.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World - Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2012
EditorsNaomi Miyake, David Peebles, Richard P. Cooper
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages791-796
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780976831884
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Building Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World, CogSci 2012 - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 2012 Aug 12012 Aug 4

Publication series

NameBuilding Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World - Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2012

Conference

Conference34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Building Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World, CogSci 2012
Country/TerritoryJapan
CitySapporo
Period12/8/112/8/4

Keywords

  • eye-tracking
  • garden-path sentence
  • good-enough representation
  • reading
  • self-paced reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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