Argumenthood and English Prepositional Phrase Attachment

  title={Argumenthood and English Prepositional Phrase Attachment},
  author={Carson T. Sch{\"u}tze},
Two self-paced reading experiments are presented to assess how temporary ambiguities in prepositional phrase attachment are resolved in English verb–noun-phrase–prepositional-phrase sequences. The hypothesis tested is a preference to maximize argument relations, in contrast to an overall verb phrase attachment preference (cf. Minimal Attachment). Five syntactic argumenthood diagnostics were used to construct noun phrase argument and verb phrase modifier completions of sentences, differing by… CONTINUE READING