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Linguistic complexity: locality of syntactic dependencies
- E. Gibson
- 1 August 1998
The dependency locality theory: A distance-based theory of linguistic complexity.
- E. Gibson
A major issue in understanding how language is implemented in the brain involves understanding the use of language in language comprehension and production. However, before we look to the brain to…
A computational theory of human linguistic processing: memory limitations and processing breakdown
- E. Gibson
- Computer Science
- 1 May 1991
This thesis gives a theory of sentence comprehension that attempts to explain a number of linguistic performance effects, including garden-path effects, preferred readings for ambiguous input and…
The P600 as an index of syntactic integration difficulty
The P600 component in Event Related Potential research has been hypothesised to be associated with syntactic reanalysis processes. We, however, propose that the P600 is not restricted to reanalysis…
Processing Syntactic Relations in Language and Music: An Event-Related Potential Study
- Aniruddh D. Patel, E. Gibson, Jennifer Ratner, M. Besson, P. Holcomb
- LinguisticsJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience
- 1 November 1998
The results argue against the language-specificity of the P600 and suggest that language and music can be studied in parallel to address questions of neural specificity in cognitive processing.
Processing relative clauses in Chinese
The influence of referential processing on sentence complexity
Word lengths are optimized for efficient communication
- S. Piantadosi, Harry J. Tily, E. Gibson
- Computer ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 28 January 2011
It is shown across 10 languages that average information content is a much better predictor of word length than frequency, which indicates that human lexicons are efficiently structured for communication by taking into account interword statistical dependencies.
Consequences of the Serial Nature of Linguistic Input for Sentenial Complexity
This article presents 2 self-paced reading studies, which explore the hypothesis that dependency distance is a fundamental determinant of reading complexity in unambiguous constructions in English and supports the role of a memory bottleneck in language comprehension.
Large-scale evidence of dependency length minimization in 37 languages
- Richard Futrell, Kyle Mahowald, E. Gibson
- Linguistics, Computer ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 3 August 2015
Using parsed corpora of 37 diverse languages, it is shown that overall dependency lengths for all languages are shorter than conservative random baselines, suggesting that dependency length minimization is a universal quantitative property of human languages.