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Article: Syntactic ambiguity resolution and the prosodic foot: Cross-language differences

TitleSyntactic ambiguity resolution and the prosodic foot: Cross-language differences
Authors
KeywordsLinguistics psychology Medical sciences
Psychiatry and neurology
Issue Date2006
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=APS
Citation
Applied Psycholinguistics, 2006, v. 27 n. 3, p. 301-333 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this study we examined syntactic ambiguity resolution in two different Chinese languages, Cantonese and Mandarin, which are relatively similar grammatically but very different phonologically. We did this using four-character sentences that could be read using two, two-syllable sequences (2-2) or a structure where the first syllable could be read by itself. The results showed that when both potential readings were semantically congruent, Mandarin speakers had a strong preference for the 2-2 structure and they preferred that structure much more than Cantonese speakers did. We attribute this to Mandarin having a more dominant bisyllabic prosodic foot than Cantonese. When the 2-2 meaning was semantically in congruent, however, the alternative structure was preferred by both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers. Overall, the results suggest that, in silent reading tasks and semantically neutral conditions, the prosodic foot is generated automatically and can affect syntactic choices when ambiguity arises. © 2006 Cambridge University Press.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44896
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.005
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dc.contributor.authorKan, MKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMatthews, Sen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, RKSen_HK
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dc.description.abstractIn this study we examined syntactic ambiguity resolution in two different Chinese languages, Cantonese and Mandarin, which are relatively similar grammatically but very different phonologically. We did this using four-character sentences that could be read using two, two-syllable sequences (2-2) or a structure where the first syllable could be read by itself. The results showed that when both potential readings were semantically congruent, Mandarin speakers had a strong preference for the 2-2 structure and they preferred that structure much more than Cantonese speakers did. We attribute this to Mandarin having a more dominant bisyllabic prosodic foot than Cantonese. When the 2-2 meaning was semantically in congruent, however, the alternative structure was preferred by both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers. Overall, the results suggest that, in silent reading tasks and semantically neutral conditions, the prosodic foot is generated automatically and can affect syntactic choices when ambiguity arises. © 2006 Cambridge University Press.en_HK
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dc.rightsApplied Psycholinguistics: psychological and linguistic studies across languages and learners. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.en_HK
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dc.subjectLinguistics psychology Medical sciencesen_HK
dc.subjectPsychiatry and neurologyen_HK
dc.titleSyntactic ambiguity resolution and the prosodic foot: Cross-language differencesen_HK
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