Meaning through syntax: language comprehension and the reduced relative clause construction.

@article{McKoon2003MeaningTS,
  title={Meaning through syntax: language comprehension and the reduced relative clause construction.},
  author={Gail McKoon and Roger Ratcliff},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={2003},
  volume={110 3},
  pages={490-525}
}
A new explanation is proposed for a long standing question in psycholinguistics: Why are some reduced relative clauses so difficult to comprehend? It is proposed that the meanings of some verbs like race are incompatible with the meaning of the reduced relative clause and that this incompatibility makes sentences like The horse raced past the barn fell unacceptable. In support of their hypotheses, the authors show that reduced relatives of The horse raced past the barn fell type occur in… CONTINUE READING

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