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Intervention effects in sentence processing

Defense Thèse de doctorat : Univ. Genève, 2017 - L. 901 - 2017/09/30
Abstract 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.
Keywords InterventionRelativized MinimalityLocalityWh-islandsSuperiorityD-linkingInterference effectsSimilarity-based interferenceCue-based memory modelACT-REncodingRetrievalAttractionAgreementSelf-organised sentence processing modelSOSP
URN: urn:nbn:ch:unige-1019279
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VILLATA, Sandra. Intervention effects in sentence processing. Université de Genève. Thèse, 2017. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:101927

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