Plausibility and argument structure in sentence comprehension.

  title={Plausibility and argument structure in sentence comprehension.},
  author={Shari R. Speer and Charles Clifton},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  volume={26 5},
In two experiments, we investigated how reading time was affected by the plausibility of the prepositional phrase in subject-verb-noun-phrase-prepositional-phrase sentences, and the status of the prepositional phrase as argument versus adjunct of the verb. Highly plausible prepositional phrases were read faster than less plausible ones, and argument prepositional phrases were read faster than adjuncts. These effects appeared both in a self-paced reading experiment and in an experiment that… CONTINUE READING

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