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The real-time processing of sluiced sentences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20229060     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Ellipsis refers to an element that is absent from the input but whose meaning can nonetheless be recovered from context. In this cross-modal priming study, we examined the online processing of Sluicing, an ellipsis whose antecedent is an entire clause: The handyman threw a book to the programmer but I don't know which book the handyman threw to the programmer(ellipsis.) To understand such an elliptical construction, the listener arguably must 'fill in' the missing material ("the handyman threw___ to the programmer") based on that which occurs in the antecedent clause. We aimed to determine the point in time in which reconstruction of the sluiced sentence is attempted and whether such a complex antecedent is re-accessed by the ellipsis. Out of the two antecedent constituents for which we probed, only the Object (programmer) was found active in the elliptical clause, confirming that an antecedent is attributed to the sluice in real time. Possible reasons for the non-observation of the Subject (handyman) are considered. We also suggest that ellipses are detected earlier in coordinated than subordinated sentences.
Authors:
Josée Poirier; Katie Wolfinger; Lisa Spellman; Lewis P Shapiro
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psycholinguistic research     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1573-6555     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psycholinguist Res     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-29     Completed Date:  2011-01-21     Revised Date:  2013-03-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0333506     Medline TA:  J Psycholinguist Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  411-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), San Diego State University, Bldg #221, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA, 92182-1518, USA. josee.phd@gmail.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Comprehension
Humans
Language*
Middle Aged
Psycholinguistics
Reaction Time
Semantics
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
DC000494/DC/NIDCD NIH HHS; R01 DC000494/DC/NIDCD NIH HHS; R01 DC009272/DC/NIDCD NIH HHS
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