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Processing and Producing Head-final Structures

Yamashita, Hiroko, Hirose, Yuki, Packard, Jerome (Eds.)

2011, XVIII, 407 p.

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  • Directly supplements the research based on English, the head-initial language that has been the main target of research
  • Includes contributions by highly recognized researchers and collaborations by emerging scholars and established researchers
  • The variety of comparably structured languages (Chinese, German, Basque, Japanese, Korean) covered provide opportunities to examine phenomena cross-linguistically
This book is the first collection of studies on an important yet under-investigated linguistic phenomenon, the processing and production of head-final syntactic structures. Until now, the remarkable progress made in the field of human sentence processing had been achieved largely by investigating head-initial languages such as English. The goal of the present volume is to deepen our understanding by examining head-final languages and offering a comparison of those results to findings from head-initial languages. This book brings together cross-linguistic investigations of languages with prominent head-final structures such as Basque, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi. It will inform readers of linguistics with both theoretical and experimental backgrounds, as it provides accounts of previous studies, offers experimentally-based theoretical discussions, and includes experimental stimuli in the original languages.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » head direction - head-final structures - language acquisition - language production - sentence processing

Related subjects » Linguistics

Table of contents 

Acknowledgements .- Head-direction and its Effect on Comprehension and Production, Hiroko Yamashita, Yuki Hirose and Jerome L. Packard .- Part I Incremental Processing and Head-final Structures – Rich Agreement in Basque, Leticia Pablos – The Processing of Japanese Control Sentences, Jeff Witzel and Naoko Witzel – Individual Differences in Sentence Processing, Nobuyuki Jincho and Reiko Mazuka .- Part II Prosody and Processing – Prosodic Phrasing and Transivity in Head-final Sentence Comprehension – ERP Evidence from German Ambiguous DPs, Petra Augurzky and Matthias Schlesewsky – Production-Perception Asymmetry in Wh-scope Marking, Yuki Hirose and Yoshihisa Kitagawa .- Part III Production of Head-final Structures – The Production of Head-initial and Head-final Languages , Mikihiro Tanaka, Holly Branigan and Martin Pickering – Incremental Sentence Production, Noriko Iwasaki – The Status of Dative Constructions in Korean, English and in the Korean-English Bilingual Mind, jeong-Ah Shin and Kiel Christianson .- Part IV Corpus-based Approach to Processing and Production – Subject Preference, Head Animacy and Lexical Cues, Fuyun Wu, Elsi Kaiser and Elaine Anderson – Why Speakers Produces Scramble Sentences, Tadahisa Kondo and Hiroko Yamashita .- Part V Processing Relative Clauses in Chinese – Filler-gap Processing in Madarin Relative Clauses, Jerome L. Packard, Zheng Ye and Xiaolin Zhou – Animacy and the Resolution of Temporary Ambiguity in Relative Clause Comprehension in Madarin, Yowyu Brian Lin and Susan Garnsey – Garden Path and the Comprehension of Head-final Relative Clauses, Chien-jer Lin and Thomas G. Bever – Use your Headedness, Shukan Ng and Janet Dean Fodor .- Part VI Head-direction and Processing Theory – On Being both Head-intial and Head-final, Markus Bader – Intergration and Prediction in Head-final Structures, Shravan Vasishth – Directionality in the Architecture of the Language Faculty, Barbara Lust .- Index

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