Plausibility and the Processing of Unbounded Dependencies:An Eye-Tracking Study

  title={Plausibility and the Processing of Unbounded Dependencies:An Eye-Tracking Study},
  author={Matthew J. Traxler and Martin John Pickering},
  journal={Journal of Memory and Language},
Two eye-tracking experiments investigated processing of unbounded dependency constructions. Experiment 1 employed sentences likeThat's the garage/pistol with which the heartless killer shot the man yesterday afternoon.Readers experienced greater processing difficulty in implausible sentences than in plausible sentences immediately after encountering the verbshot.This demonstrated that they did not wait until the purported gap location aftermanbefore forming the unbounded dependency. Experiment… 

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