On the brain response to syntactic anomalies: manipulations of word position and word class reveal individual differences.

@article{Osterhout1997OnTB,
  title={On the brain response to syntactic anomalies: manipulations of word position and word class reveal individual differences.},
  author={Lee Osterhout},
  journal={Brain and language},
  year={1997},
  volume={59 3},
  pages={494-522}
}
In two experiments, event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were recorded from 13 scalp locations while subjects read sentences containing a syntactically or a semantically anomalous word. The position (sentence-embedded vs sentence-final) and word class (open vs closed) of the syntactic anomalies were manipulated. In both experiments, semantically anomalous words elicited an enhanced N400 component. Syntactically anomalous closed class words elicited a widely distributed late positive wave (P600… CONTINUE READING
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