Electrophysiological evidence for use of the animacy hierarchy, but not thematic role assignment, during verb-argument processing

  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},
  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, and (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… 

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