Consequences of the Serial Nature of Linguistic Input for Sentenial Complexity

@article{Grodner2005ConsequencesOT,
  title={Consequences of the Serial Nature of Linguistic Input for Sentenial Complexity},
  author={Daniel Grodner and Edward Gibson},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  year={2005},
  volume={29 2},
  pages={261-90}
}
All other things being equal the parser favors attaching an ambiguous modifier to the most recent possible site. A plausible explanation is that locality preferences such as this arise in the service of minimizing memory costs-more distant sentential material is more difficult to reactivate than more recent material. Note that processing any sentence requires linking each new lexical item with material in the current parse. This often involves the construction of long-distance dependencies… CONTINUE READING
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