Brain responses to agreement violations of Chinese grammatical aspect

  title={Brain responses to agreement violations of Chinese grammatical aspect},
  author={Yaxu Zhang and Jingting Zhang},
Grammatical aspect captures ways in which a language uses grammatical markers to describe the temporal structure of an event. An event-related potential experiment was conducted to investigate event-related potential correlates of agreement violations of Chinese grammatical aspect. Participants read sentences containing either aspect agreement violations, semantic violations, or no violations. Semantic violations elicited an N400, whereas aspectual violations elicited a 200–400 ms posterior and… 

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  • P. Hagoort
  • Linguistics
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2003
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