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Case and Linking in Language Comprehension

Evidence from German
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, Band 34

von: Markus Bader, Josef Bayer

178,49 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 09.05.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9781402043444
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 324

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List of figures List of tables Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. A Short Introduction to the Human Sentence Processing Mechanism 3. Word Order and Case in German 4. First-Pass Preferences in Syntactic-Function Ambiguities 5. The Mental Representation of Case 6. A Model of Linking and Checking 7. Case Checking and the HSPM I 8. Case Checking and the HSPM II: The Role of Working Memory 9. In Defense of Serial Parsing 10. Summary: Case, Linking and Sentence Comprehension References Author Index Topic Index
Markus Bader is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. He specializes in human language processing with an emphasis on syntax. He was formerly at the University of Jena and has been a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is widely known for his work on the processing of German.

Josef Bayer is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. His specialization is mainly in syntactic theory, and comparative linguistics, Germanic and South-Asian. He was formerly at the University of Jena and has held positions in research centers in Germany and in the Netherlands.
The German language, due to its verb-final nature, relatively free order of constituents and morphological Case system, poses challenges for models of human syntactic processing which have mainly been developed on the basis of head-initial languages with little or no morphological Case.
The verb-final order means that the parser has to make predictions about the input before receiving the verb. What are these predictions? What happens when the predictions turn out to be wrong? Furthermore, the German morphological Case system contains ambiguities. How are these ambiguities resolved under the normal time pressure in comprehension?

Based on theoretical as well as experimental work, the present monograph develops a detailed account of the processing steps that underly language comprehension. At its core is a model of linking noun phrases to arguments of the verb in the developing phrase structure and checking the result with respect to features such as person, number and Case.

This volume contains detailed introductions to human syntactic processing as well as to German syntax which will be helpful especially for readers less familiar with psycholinguistics and with Germanic.
Devoted to human language processing in German, at the same time giving an introduction for those who are less familiar with Germanic and going into great detail on the subject
It convincingly shows the relation between competence grammar and parser, and thus how theoretical syntax and theories of processing can fertilize one another

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