Linguistic complexity: locality of syntactic dependencies.

@article{Gibson1998LinguisticCL,
  title={Linguistic complexity: locality of syntactic dependencies.},
  author={Edward Gibson},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1998},
  volume={68 1},
  pages={1-76}
}
This paper proposes a new theory of the relationship between the sentence processing mechanism and the available computational resources. This theory--the Syntactic Prediction Locality Theory (SPLT)--has two components: an integration cost component and a component for the memory cost associated with keeping track of obligatory syntactic requirements. Memory cost is hypothesized to be quantified in terms of the number of syntactic categories that are necessary to complete the current input… CONTINUE READING
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