Immediate use of prosody and context in predicting a syntactic structure.

@article{Nakamura2012ImmediateUO,
  title={Immediate use of prosody and context in predicting a syntactic structure.},
  author={Chie Nakamura and Manabu Arai and Reiko Mazuka},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2012},
  volume={125 2},
  pages={317-23}
}
Numerous studies have reported an effect of prosodic information on parsing but whether prosody can impact even the initial parsing decision is still not evident. In a visual world eye-tracking experiment, we investigated the influence of contrastive intonation and visual context on processing temporarily ambiguous relative clause sentences in Japanese. Our results showed that listeners used the prosodic cue to make a structural prediction before hearing disambiguating information. Importantly… CONTINUE READING
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