Beyond Verb Meaning: Experimental Evidence for Incremental Processing of Semantic Roles and Event Structure

  title={Beyond Verb Meaning: Experimental Evidence for Incremental Processing of Semantic Roles and Event Structure},
  author={Markus Philipp and Tim Graf and Franziska Kretzschmar and Beatrice Primus},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
We present an event-related potentials (ERP) study that addresses the question of how pieces of information pertaining to semantic roles and event structure interact with each other and with the verb’s meaning. Specifically, our study investigates German verb-final clauses with verbs of motion such as fliegen ‘fly’ and schweben ‘float, hover,’ which are indeterminate with respect to agentivity and event structure. Agentivity was tested by manipulating the animacy of the subject noun phrase and… Expand

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