Interaction Between Syntactic Structure and Information Structure in the Processing of a Head-Final Language

Masatoshi Koizumi, Satoshi Imamura

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    Abstract

    The effects of syntactic and information structures on sentence processing load were investigated using two reading comprehension experiments in Japanese, a head-final SOV language. In the first experiment, we discovered the main effects of syntactic and information structures, as well as their interaction, showing that interaction of these two factors is not restricted to head-initial languages. The second experiment revealed that the interaction between syntactic structure and information structure occurs at the second NP (O of SOV and S of OSV), which, crucially, is a pre-head position, suggesting the incremental nature of the processing of both syntactic structure and information structure in head-final languages.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)247-260
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
    Volume46
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 1

    Keywords

    • Discourse context
    • Incremental processing
    • Japanese
    • Processing load
    • Syntax

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Psychology(all)
    • Linguistics and Language

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