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Language Down the Garden PathThe Cognitive and Biological Basis for Linguistic Structures$
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Montserrat Sanz, Itziar Laka, and Michael K. Tanenhaus

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677139.001.0001

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Inviting production to the Cognitive Basis party

Inviting production to the Cognitive Basis party

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Language Down the Garden Path

Maryellen C. MacDonald

Oxford University Press

In CBLS, Bever laid the foundation for consideration of how lexical and syntactic information converge to shape sentence comprehension processes. This chapter aims to extend that approach by considering how language production can inform language patterns and language comprehension. The Production Distribution Comprehension (PDC) account seeks to understand why language producers converge on certain utterance forms and not others, the consequences of those choices for the distributional patterns of words and syntactic structures in the language environment, and how language users implicitly learn these patterns and use them to guide online interpretation language input. This approach unifies accounts of comprehension difficulty in several types of relative clauses that Bever discusses, and suggests that production processes must be an integral part of accounts of language comprehension.

Keywords:   ambiguity resolution, comprehension, production, sentence processing, statistical learning, relative clauses

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