Processing temporary syntactic ambiguity: the effect of contextual bias.

  title={Processing temporary syntactic ambiguity: the effect of contextual bias.},
  author={Mohamed Taha Mohamed and Charles Clifton},
  journal={Quarterly journal of experimental psychology},
  volume={64 9},
This paper reports two experiments using sentences with a temporary ambiguity between a direct object and a sentence complement analysis that is resolved toward the normally preferred direct object analysis. Postverbal noun phrases in these sentences could be ambiguously attached as either a direct object or the subject of a sentence complement, whereas in unambiguous versions of the sentences the subcategorization of the verb forced the direct object interpretation. Participants read these… CONTINUE READING

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