Misinterpretations of Garden-Path Sentences: Implications for Models of Sentence Processing and Reanalysis

@article{Ferreira2001MisinterpretationsOG,
  title={Misinterpretations of Garden-Path Sentences: Implications for Models of Sentence Processing and Reanalysis},
  author={Fernanda Stoduto Ferreira and Kiel T. Christianson and Andrew Hollingworth},
  journal={Journal of Psycholinguistic Research},
  year={2001},
  volume={30},
  pages={3-20}
}
Theories of sentence comprehension have addressed both initial parsing processes and mechanisms responsible for reanalysis. Three experiments are summarized that were designed to investigate the reanalysis and interpretation of relatively difficult garden-path sentences (e.g., While Anna dressed the baby spit up on the bed). After reading such sentences, participants correctly believed that the baby spit up on the bed; however, they often confidently, yet incorrectly, believed that Anna dressed… CONTINUE READING

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