The role of pragmatic principles in resolving attachment ambiguities: evidence from eye movements.

@article{Traxler2008TheRO,
  title={The role of pragmatic principles in resolving attachment ambiguities: evidence from eye movements.},
  author={Matthew J. Traxler and Lyn Frazier},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={36 2},
  pages={314-28}
}
In an eyetracking experiment, participants read sentences that contained a prepositional phrase (PP) that could be attached to one of two preceding verbs. To understand the sentence, readers had to select which verb would serve as the host for the PP. In some of the sentences, the critical verbs and the PPs were part of a subordinate clause in which lexical and syntactic factors were expected to matter, but discourse factors favoring attachment of the material to positions where it would be… CONTINUE READING