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The analysis has benefited immensely from discussions with, and (often extensive) comments from, the following colleagues: and Wuppertaler Linguistisches Kolloquium. I owe a particular debt to Alan Prince and Paul Smolensky, for their extremely generous contributions to this work, and to Vieri Samek-Lodovici for his invaluable scrutiny of the manuscript.(More)
Two experiments with 79 monolingual German speaking children between 2.5 and 4.5 years showed a consistent developmental gap between children's memory/inference of what someone wanted and what someone wrongly said or thought. For instance, when John is still playing and mother says, "John should be going to bed," more than 70% answered correctly that mother(More)
In this study we will give an overview of the experimental work on the neuroanatomical correlates of language and speech production that we have done in recent years. First we will introduce the methodology of event-related functional magnetic neuro-imaging and the experimental paradigm that we employed. Then we will present and discuss the results of our(More)
We present a new analysis technique for EEG research on language comprehension, which dissociates superficially indistinguishable event-related potential (ERP) components. A frequency-based analysis differentiated between two apparently identical but functionally distinct N400 effects in terms of activity in separable frequency bands, and whether the(More)
*Sergey Avrutin conducted an informal pilot experiment for the project reported here and participated in the earliest discussion of this work. We wish to thank him for his invaluable assistance and encouragement. Marina Shatskaya and Alexei Semenov persuaded the directors of two Moscow kindergartens to let us conduct our experiment on their premises. We are(More)
  • Ellen Woolford, Josef Bayer, +7 authors Halldór Sigurðsson
  • 2001
Recent research on Burzio's Generalization converges on a surprising conclusion: what blocks accusative Case in unaccusative constructions has nothing to do with the Case or theta assigning abilities of unaccusative verbs; rather an overriding principle requires sentences to have a nominative Case. But there is little consensus as to how to formulate the(More)
The architecture of Optimality Theory (OT) makes a number of strong predictions concerning the nature of language, one of which is that there should not be any ungrammatical structures that cannot be "repaired," i.e., OT predicts the non-existence of "absolute ungrammaticality" 1 or "ineffability." An OT grammar consists of a universal set of constraints on(More)
We address the possibility of combining the results from hemodynamic and electrophysiological methods for the study of cognitive processing of language. The hemodynamic method we use is Event-Related fMRI, and the electrophysiological method measures Event-Related Band Power (ERBP) of the EEG signal. The experimental technique allows us to approach the(More)
The first version of this article (Müller (1997b)) was written during my stay at Potsdam University in the winter of 1996/1997, and I am grateful to the Innovationskolleg " Formale Modelle kognitiver Komplexität " for its generous support. Abstract: Order preservation effects are documented with a number of movement operations in various languages, among(More)
Extraposed relative clauses pose certain problems for movement-based analyses. They seem to be insensitive to island constraints, and show intricate interactions with variable binding. Our main goal is to motivate a non-movement analysis of relative clause extraposition in which the extraposition site is syntactically superior to the phrase that it(More)