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Lecture | LACG Meetings

Lexical prediction during discourse comprehension: ERP evidence from Dutch gender-marking

Thursday 15 October 2020
LACG Meetings
Online via Microsoft Teams (see link below)


People are known to sometimes predict upcoming words. Strong evidence for such lexical predictions comes from ‘pre-nominal prediction effects’: pre-nominal adjectives or articles elicit enhanced ERP activity when they mismatch the gender of a likely upcoming noun compared to when they match (e.g., DeLong et al., 2005; Van Berkum et al., 2005). However, both the replicability and functional significance of the available effects remains disputed.

In my talk, I will present recent evidence from my lab that addresses these issues. First, I will present the results of a large-scale ERP project that attempted to replicate a well-known Dutch study that reported prediction-related effects on pre-nominal adjectival suffixes (e.g., “een grote boekenkast”, Van Berkum et al., 2005). Then, I will present results from a study on prediction-related effects on Dutch pre-nominal articles (‘de/het’) and the role of article gender and definiteness. The results of this study reconcile two prevalent explanations of the pre-nominal prediction effect.

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