The Emperor's Psycholinguistics

Thomas G. Bever, Montserrat Sanz, David J. Townsend

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We discuss and debunk five common assumptions about the interrelation of semantics, syntax, and frequency during sentence processing. In the course of this, we explore the implications of the view that syntax is assigned as the last stage of comprehension rather than the first: Statistically based perceptual strategies propose an initial semantic representation, which then constrains the assignment of syntactic representations. This view accounts for a variety of facts, as well as suggesting some surprising new ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-284
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1998


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