Argument status and PP-attachment.

@article{Boland2006ArgumentSA,
  title={Argument status and PP-attachment.},
  author={Julie E. Boland and Allison Blodgett},
  journal={Journal of psycholinguistic research},
  year={2006},
  volume={35 5},
  pages={385-403}
}
Prepositional phrase attachment was investigated in temporarily ambiguous sentences. Both attachment site (noun phrase or verb phrase) and argument status (argument or adjunct) were manipulated to test the hypothesis that arguments are processed differently than adjuncts. Contrary to this hypothesis, some previous research suggested that arguments and adjuncts are initially processed in the same manner, following a general bias to attach prepositional phrases to the verb phrase whenever… CONTINUE READING