José E. García-Albea

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Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were recorded during spoken language comprehension to study the on-line effects of gender agreement violations in controlled infinitival complements. Spanish sentences were constructed in which the complement clause contained a predicate adjective marked for syntactic gender. By manipulating the gender of the antecedent(More)
Native language affects the perception of segmental phonetic structure, of stress, and of semantic and pragmatic effects of intonation. Similarly, native language might influence the perception of similarities and differences among intonation contours. To test this hypothesis, a cross-language experiment was conducted. An English utterance was resynthesized(More)
The study presented in this paper aimed to investigate the pattern of semantic priming effects, under masked and unmasked conditions, in the lexical decision task, manipulating type of semantic relation and associative strength. Three different kinds of word relations were examined in two experiments: only-semantically related words [e.g., codo(More)
INTRODUCTION Patients with schizophrenia have been found impaired in important aspects of their basic and social cognition. Our aim in this study is to explore the relationship between executive function (EF) and theory of mind (ToM) deficiencies in patients that suffer the illness. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-two Spanish-speaking inpatients and 22(More)
The four experiments reported in this paper were designed to determine to what extent words are lexically represented in terms of their morphological structure. The experiments are carried out in Spanish, a language with rich morphological resources, using a priming paradigm and a lexical decision task. In particular, they examined the pattern of priming(More)
Patients suffering from schizophrenia have been found to be impaired in their pragmatic abilities in the comprehension of figurative language (e.g., metaphors, ironies, proverbs). Impairments in theory of mind (ToM; that is, the ability to attribute/infer mental states) have been proposed to be underlying high level language understanding. Even though ToM(More)
Event-related brain potentials were recorded while subjects listened to sentences containing a controlled infinitival complement. Subject and object control items were used, both with 2 potential antecedents in the upper clause. Half of the sentences had a gender agreement violation between the null subject of the infinitival complement and an adjective(More)
PRO is one of the ECs postulated by GB Theory (see Chomsky, 1981, 1986). PRO is a non-overt NP that occurs as the subject of non-finite clauses. The module of the grammar that regulates the occurrence and interpretation of PRO is called control theory. Control theory specifies which element is the coindexed antecedent (or the controller) of PRO. PRO is(More)
In a previous study (Gavilán & Garćıa-Albea, 2009) 23 schizophrenic patients and 23 healthy controls were assessed in Theory of Mind (ToM) and Figurative Language Comprehension (FLC) abilities in order to explore the functional relationship between both capacities. We used 3 ToM and 3 FLC tasks. We found that ToM correlated high and significantly with FLC(More)