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Syntactic Comprehension of Relative Clauses and Center Embedding Using Pseudowords

Title
Syntactic Comprehension of Relative Clauses and Center Embedding Using Pseudowords
Authors
Cheon, Kyung HwanKim, YoungjooYoon, Hee-DongNam, Ki-ChunLee, Sun-YoungJeon, Hyeon-Ae
DGIST Authors
Jeon, Hyeon-Ae
Issue Date
2020-04
Citation
Brain Sciences, 10(4), 202
Type
Article
Article Type
Article in press
Author Keywords
syntactic hierarchymergeembeddingself-paced reading
Keywords
SENTENCE COMPREHENSIONINDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCESCONFIDENCE-INTERVALSEYE-TRACKINGLINGUISTIC COMPLEXITYWORKING-MEMORYINTERFERENCEEXPECTATIONCONSTRAINTSLOCALITY
ISSN
2076-3425
Abstract
Relative clause (RC) formation and center embedding (CE) are two primary syntactic operations fundamental for creating and understanding complex sentences. Ample evidence from previous cross-linguistic studies has revealed several similarities and differences between RC and CE. However, it is not easy to investigate the effect of pure syntactic constraints for RC and CE without the interference of semantic and pragmatic interactions. Here, we show how readers process CE and RC using a self-paced reading task in Korean. More interestingly, we adopted a novel self-paced pseudoword reading task to exploit syntactic operations of the RC and CE, eliminating the semantic and pragmatic interference in sentence comprehension. Our results showed that the main effects of RC and CE conform to previous studies. Furthermore, we found a facilitation effect of sentence comprehension when we combined an RC and CE in a complex sentence. Our study provides a valuable insight into how the purely syntactic processing of RC and CE assists comprehension of complex sentences. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11750/11632
DOI
10.3390/brainsci10040202
Publisher
MDPI
Related Researcher
  • Author Jeon, Hyeon-Ae Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Research Interests fMRI, high-level cognition, brain imaging
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Collection:
Department of Brain and Cognitive SciencesLaboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience1. Journal Articles


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