Electrophysiological Correlates of Complement Coercion

@article{Kuperberg2010ElectrophysiologicalCO,
  title={Electrophysiological Correlates of Complement Coercion},
  author={Gina R. Kuperberg and Arim Choi and Neil Cohn and Martin Paczynski and Ray Jackendoff},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2010},
  volume={22},
  pages={2685-2701}
}
This study examined the electrophysiological correlates of complement coercion. ERPs were measured as participants read and made acceptability judgments about plausible coerced sentences, plausible noncoerced sentences, and highly implausible animacy-violated sentences (“The journalist began/wrote/astonished the article before his coffee break”). Relative to noncoerced complement nouns, the coerced nouns evoked an N400 effect. This effect was not modulated by the number of possible activities… CONTINUE READING