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Conference Paper: The canonical word order myth: investigating a processing-typological puzzle in the Cantonese double object construction

TitleThe canonical word order myth: investigating a processing-typological puzzle in the Cantonese double object construction
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Issue Date2010
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The 23rd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (CUNY 2010), New York University, NY., 16-20 March 2010. How to Cite?
AbstractThe frequency of canonicity (frequent, structurally basic and/or pragmatically neutral) word orders is often associated with easier processing, while syntactic alternatives usually incur complexity and processing difficulty (Hawkins, 2004; Ellis, 2002; Cook et al., 2009). In this paper we show that the canonical double-object construction (DOC, a) in Cantonese (VO with head-final NPs) is difficult to process in that incremental increases in the complexity of the direct object (DO) increase reading time (RT) and reduce recall accuracy relative to syntactic alternatives, and induce greater avoidance of the DOC in elicited production. We hypothesize that this is because the canonical word order involves processing-demanding center-embedding ...
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Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130618

 

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dc.contributor.authorCheung, AKSen_US
dc.contributor.authorMatthews, SJen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:57:41Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:57:41Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 23rd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (CUNY 2010), New York University, NY., 16-20 March 2010.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130618-
dc.descriptionPoster-
dc.description.abstractThe frequency of canonicity (frequent, structurally basic and/or pragmatically neutral) word orders is often associated with easier processing, while syntactic alternatives usually incur complexity and processing difficulty (Hawkins, 2004; Ellis, 2002; Cook et al., 2009). In this paper we show that the canonical double-object construction (DOC, a) in Cantonese (VO with head-final NPs) is difficult to process in that incremental increases in the complexity of the direct object (DO) increase reading time (RT) and reduce recall accuracy relative to syntactic alternatives, and induce greater avoidance of the DOC in elicited production. We hypothesize that this is because the canonical word order involves processing-demanding center-embedding ...-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAnnual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, CUNY 2010-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe canonical word order myth: investigating a processing-typological puzzle in the Cantonese double object constructionen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailCheung, AKS: antonio_hk@hotmail.comen_US
dc.identifier.emailMatthews, SJ: matthews@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityMatthews, SJ=rp01207en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros178457en_US

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