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Lecture

CANCELLED: Theories of argument structure and syntactic priming in comprehension

  • Isabel Oltra-Massuet (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
Date
Thursday 23 May 2019
Time
Series
Com(parative) Syn(tax) Meetings
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
2.35

Abstract

Different theories of argument structure attribute different syntactic configurations to intransitives like (1) and transitive structures like (2-6), so that they make different predictions about the processing of these sentence types and the priming relations between them.

(1)

Unergative

The dog

barked

in a quiet park

at night.

(2)

Cognate

The man

dozed

a restful doze

on the train.

(3)

Creation

The cook

baked

a carrot cake

with spelt flour.

(4)

Location/Locatum

The girl

saddled

a wild horse

in the farm.

(5)

Strong transitives

The athlete

ignored

a slight niggle

in his knee.

(6)

With-Small Clause

The worker

loaded

a rail wagon

with hay.

In this talk, I will first review the syntactic structures attributed to (1)-(6) in two competing theoretical approaches to argument structure, (i) Hale & Keyser’s (1993, 2002) approach as developed in Mateu (2002), Acedo-Matellán (2010) and Acedo-Matellán & Mateu (2011, 2013) [AM&M], and (ii) Marantz’s (2005, 2011) [M], as well as their different claims with respect to syntactic priming. Then, I will report the results of a behavioral experiment, a self-paced reading language comprehension study on structural priming. Finally, I will discuss the development of this experiment into an ongoing MEG experiment.

Both experiments are the result of my collaboration with researchers at the Neuroscience of Language Lab - New York University Abu Dhabi.

 

References

Acedo-Matellán, V. 2010. Argument Structure and the Syntax-Morphology Interface. A Case Study in Latin and Other Languages. UB, PhD Thesis. Acedo-Matellán, V. & Mateu, J. 2013. Satellite-framed Latin vs. verb-framed Romance: a syntactic approach. Probus 25, 227-265. Hale, K. & Keyser, S. J. 1993. On argument structure and the lexical expression of syntactic relations. The view from Building, 20, 53-109. Hale, K. & Keyser, S. J. 2002. Prolegomenon to a theory of argument structure. MIT Press. Mateu, J. 2002. Argument Structure. Relational Construal at the Syntax-Semantics Interface. UAB, PhD Thesis. Marantz, A. 2005. Objects out of the lexicon: Objects as events. MIT, Ms. Marantz, A. 2011. Syntactic approaches to argument structure without incorporation. Talk presented at the Workshop Structuring the argument, Structures Formelles du Langage UMR 7023 Paris 8/CNRS, Paris, 5-7 September.

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