Effects of pitch accents in attachment ambiguity resolution.

  title={Effects of pitch accents in attachment ambiguity resolution.},
  author={Eun-Kyung Lee and Duane G. Watson},
  journal={Language and cognitive processes},
  volume={26 2},
Previous work has found that listeners prefer to attach ambiguous syntactic constituents to nouns produced with a pitch accent (Schafer et al., 1996). This study examines what factors underlie previously established accent attachment effects by testing whether these effects are driven by a preference to attach syntactic constituents to new or important information (the Syntax Hypothesis) or whether there is a bias to respond to post-sentence probe questions with an accented word (the Salience… CONTINUE READING
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