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Filling the Silence

  • In a self-paced reading experiment, we investigated the processing of sluicing constructions (“sluices”) whose antecedent contained a known garden-path structure in German. Results showed decreased processing times for sluices with garden-path antecedents as well as a disadvantage for antecedents with non-canonical word order downstream from the ellipsis site. A post-hoc analysis showed the garden-path advantage also to be present in the region right before the ellipsis site. While no existing account of ellipsis processing explicitly predicted the results, we argue that they are best captured by combining a local antecedent mismatch effect with memory trace reactivation through reanalysis.

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Author:Dario L. J. F. PaapeORCiDGND
Subtitle (English):Reactivation, not Reconstruction
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (285)
Document Type:Postprint
Year of Completion:2016
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2016/05/12
Tag:German; ellipsis processing; garden-path effect; reconstruction; retrieval; self-paced reading
Funder:Universität Potsdam, Publikationsfonds
Grant Number:PA 2016_04
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, 4.0 International
Notes extern:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle