Dave W. Kush

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Title of dissertation: RESPECTING RELATIONS: MEMORY ACCESS AND ANTECEDENT RETRIEVAL IN INCREMENTAL SENTENCE PROCESSING Dave W. Kush, Doctor of Philosophy, 2013 Dissertation directed by: Professor Colin Phillips Department of Linguistics This dissertation uses the processing of anaphoric relations to probe how linguistic information is encoded in and(More)
Because morphological and syntactic constraints govern the distribution of potential antecedents for local anaphors, local antecedent retrieval might be expected to make equal use of both syntactic and morphological cues. However, previous research (e.g., Dillon et al., 2013) has shown that local antecedent retrieval is not susceptible to the same(More)
Phonological properties of the words in a sentence have been shown to affect processing fluency and comprehension. However, the exact role of phonology in sentence comprehension remains unclear. If constituents are stored in working memory during routine processing and accessed through their phonological code, phonological information may exert a pervasive(More)
Formal grammatical theories make extensive use of syntactic relations (e.g. c-command, Reinhart, 1983) in the description of constraints on antecedent-anaphor dependencies. Recent research has motivated a model of processing that exploits a cue-based retrieval mechanism in content-addressable memory (e.g. Lewis, Vasishth, & Van Dyke, 2006) in which(More)
These data demonstrate the following properties: (a) it appears that main verbs (e.g., leave) must stay in situ whereas have/be must raise to a higher position (which I assume to be a T head); and (b) a dummy auxiliary do is needed when the verb and T head are intervened by negation. There have been three major analyses of this paradigm. The affix hopping(More)
Recent findings in psycholinguistics motivate a parser that relies on parallel access mechanisms in content addressable memory [1]. In such an architecture non-local syntactic relations are not easily encoded. Evidence for this architecture comes from interference of grammatically-illicit licensors [2,3] and non-effects of syntactic dependency length [4,5].(More)
We investigated the processing of pronouns in Strong and Weak Crossover constructions as a means of probing the extent to which the incremental parser can use syntactic information to guide antecedent retrieval. In Experiment 1 we show that the parser accesses a displaced wh-phrase as an antecedent for a pronoun when no grammatical constraints prohibit(More)
We propose a Case-driven account of the “reanalysis” operation assumed by some researchers to underlie pseudo-passivization. Contra previous analyses we argue that reanalyzed prepositions do not form a unit with the verb at any level of representation. Rather, reanalyzed prepositions raise to a v/V-medial Agr head, and the complement of the preposition(More)
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