Edson T. Miyamoto

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Results from an English acceptability-rating experiment are presented which demonstrate that people !nd doubly nested relative clause structures just as acceptable when only two verb phrases are included instead of the grammatically required three. Furthermore, the experiment shows that such sentences are acceptable only when the intermediate verb phrase is(More)
The present paper provides evidence that the processing of verb final clauses proceeds incrementally based on local information that becomes available with each word. The results of three self-paced reading experiments are reported in support of the proposal that NPs in Japanese are associated within clauses before a verb is processed. It is argued that a(More)
Using reading times and event-related brain potentials (ERPs), we investigated the processing of Japanese subject/object relative clauses (SRs /ORs). English ORs take longer to read (King & Just, 1991) and elicit left-lateralized/bilateral anterior negativity (LAN) between fillers and gaps (King & Kutas, 1995), which is largely attributed to a longer(More)
The results of two self-paced reading studies of a syntactic ambiguity involving conjoined noun phrases to three potential noun phrase sites were compared to the corpus frequencies of the resolutions of the same ambiguity. The reading times for the attachment to the first noun phrase were faster than for the attachment to the second noun phrase, but, to the(More)
When processing the initial segment of a sentence, readers may favor an interpretation that will turn out to be incorrect as more words are read. In these cases, a reanalysis process is necessary in order to correct the mental representation built up to that point. It has been previously proposed that readers obey a minimum change restriction, as they(More)
This paper investigates the processing of Japanese long-distance wh-scrambling sentences. Results from two self-paced reading experiments show that Japanese readers preferentially associate a fronted wh-phrase with the most deeply embedded clause of a multi-clause sentence, before they encounter the first verb. The findings provide the evidence that the(More)
This paper presents results from a self-paced reading experiment in Japanese investigating attachment preferences for relative clauses to three ensuing potential nominal heads. Similar to previous results from the processing of English, Spanish and German, we observed the following non-monotonic preference ordering among the three attachment sites: most(More)
In two self-paced reading experiments, subject relative clauses (e.g., 'the woman who saw the man') were read faster than object relative clauses ('the woman who the man saw') in Japanese. Previous formulations of working-memory factors do not predict the patterns observed. A preference to complete fragments as object relative clauses indicates that(More)
Title of dissertation: THE GRAMMAR AND PARSING OF WH-DEPENDENCIES Sachiko Aoshima, Doctor of Philosophy, 2003 Dissertation directed by: Professor Colin Phillips Professor Amy Weinberg Department of Linguistics The aim of this thesis is to explain how grammar relates to real-time comprehension of wh-dependencies. It proposes an explanatory model which makes(More)