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Intervention effects in sentence processing

ContributorsVillata, Sandra
Defense date2017-09-30

My dissertation investigates interference effects in the comprehension and production of long-distant dependencies in adults, integrating insights from theories on formal syntax and cognitive psychology granting a key role to similarity-based interference effects as a source of processing difficulty and/or ungrammaticality. My research mainly focuses on wh-islands' acceptability and attraction effects in agreement, which can both be taken as windows on interference effects in sentence processing. My research suggests that: (i) only similarity on a narrow class of syntactic features has the potential to generate ungrammaticality, while similarity in terms of other features increases processing difficulty without changing the grammatical status of the sentence; (ii) attraction effects can be conceived as the result of similarity-based interference; (iii) encoding interference plays a key role in generating processing difficulties; (iv) self-organised sentence processing models offer a new promising way to implement interference effects in a rigorous mathematical framework.

  • Intervention
  • Relativized Minimality
  • Locality
  • Wh-islands
  • Superiority
  • D-linking
  • Interference effects
  • Similarity-based interference
  • Cue-based memory model
  • ACT-R
  • Encoding
  • Retrieval
  • Attraction
  • Agreement
  • Self-organised sentence processing model
  • SOSP
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VILLATA, Sandra. Intervention effects in sentence processing. 2017. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:101927
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