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The lexical nature of syntactic ambiguity resolution
Reinterpreting syntactic ambiguity resolution as a form of lexical ambiguity resolution obviates the need for special parsing principles to account for syntactic interpretation preferences, reconciles a number of apparently conflicting results concerning the roles of Lexical and contextual information in sentence processing, explains differences among ambiguities in terms of ease of resolution, and provides a unified account of language comprehension than was previously available. Expand
Probabilistic constraints and syntactic ambiguity resolution
We investigate the role of probabilistic constraints in the resolution of syntactic ambiguities in natural languages. Expand
Reassessing Working Memory: Comment on Just and Carpenter (1992) and Waters and Caplan (1996)
M. A. Just and P. A. Carpenter’s (1992) capacity theory of comprehension posits a linguistic working memory functionally separated from the representation of linguistic knowledge. G. S. Waters and D.Expand
How language production shapes language form and comprehension
  • M. MacDonald
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Front. Psychol.
  • 25 November 2012
Language production processes can provide insight into how language comprehension works and language typology—why languages tend to have certain characteristics more often than others. Expand
New and updated tests of print exposure and reading abilities in college students
The relationship between print exposure and measures of reading skill was examined in college students (N = 99, 58 female; mean age = 20.3 years). Print exposure was measured with several newExpand
Working memory constraints on the processing of syntactic ambiguity
We propose a model that explains how the working-memory capacity of a comprehender can constrain syntactic parsing and thereby affect the processing of syntactic ambiguities. The model's predictionsExpand
Semantic indeterminacy in object relative clauses.
This article examined whether semantic indeterminacy plays a role in comprehension of complex structures such as object relative clauses. Study 1 used a gated sentence completion task to assess whichExpand
Phrasal Ordering Constraints in Sentence Production: Phrase Length and Verb Disposition in Heavy-NP Shift
Abstract Heavy-NP shift is the tendency for speakers to place long or “heavy” noun phrase direct objects at the end of a sentence rather than in the canonical postverbal position. Three experimentsExpand
Experience and sentence processing: Statistical learning and relative clause comprehension
Many explanations of the difficulties associated with interpreting object relative clauses appeal to the demands that object relatives make on working memory. MacDonald and Christiansen [MacDonald,Expand
The interaction of lexical and syntactic ambiguity
Abstract Two experiments investigated comprehension of noun/verb lexical category ambiguities such as trains, in order to determine whether resolution of these ambiguities was similar to other typesExpand