Electrophysiological Evidence for Use of the Animacy Hierarchy, but not Thematic Role Assignment, During Verb Argument Processing.

@article{Paczynski2011ElectrophysiologicalEF,
  title={Electrophysiological Evidence for Use of the Animacy Hierarchy, but not Thematic Role Assignment, During Verb Argument Processing.},
  author={Martin Paczynski and Gina R. Kuperberg},
  journal={Language and cognitive processes},
  year={2011},
  volume={26 9},
  pages={
          1402-1456
        }
}
Animacy is known to play an important role in language processing and production, but debate remains as to how it exerts its effects: 1) through links to syntactic ordering, 2) through inherent differences between animate and inanimate entities in their salience/lexico-semantic accessibility, 3) through links to specific thematic roles. We contrasted these three accounts in two event related potential (ERP) experiments examining the processing of direct object arguments in simple English… CONTINUE READING
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