The developing constraints on parsing decisions: The role of lexical-biases and referential scenes in child and adult sentence processing

@article{Snedeker2004TheDC,
  title={The developing constraints on parsing decisions: The role of lexical-biases and referential scenes in child and adult sentence processing},
  author={Jesse Snedeker and John C. Trueswell},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  year={2004},
  volume={49},
  pages={238-299}
}
Two striking contrasts currently exist in the sentence processing literature. First, whereas adult readers rely heavily on lexical information in the generation of syntactic alternatives, adult listeners in world-situated eye-gaze studies appear to allow referential evidence to override strong countervailing lexical biases (Tanenhaus, Spivey-Knowlton, Eberhard, and Sedivy, 1995). Second, in contrast to adults, children in similar listening studies fail to use this referential information and… CONTINUE READING
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