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December 17, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CANCELLED - Laura Kertz @ Ling Lang Lunch: Coherence-driven expectations for cross-clausal parallelism Laura Kertz and Corey Cusimano Within the sentence processing literature there is a well-documented phenomenon of parallel facilitation for coordinate structures, where the second of two conjuncts is read more quickly when its structure is parallel to the first, as compared to when it is non-parallel. Previous explanations for parallel facilitation have invoked either the priming/re-use of syntactic structure (e.g., Sturt et al. 2010, Frazier et al. 1984) or a processing bias which favors parallel ordering for semantically related arguments (cf. Carlson 2002, Knoeferle & Crocker 2009). We propose an alternative explanation where facilitation in parallel structures reflects the ease of establishing discourse-level coherence relations, and where the ordering of arguments across clauses is specifically implicated in the establishment of resemblance relations (cf. Kehler 2000). We present results from two studies which show (1) that production biases for structural parallelism are conditioned on expectations regarding coherence relations and (2) that expectations for parallel argument ordering (as reflected in anticipatory eye-movements using a visual world paradigm) are similarly contingent on expectations about coherence. Taken together, these findings indicate that discourse-based expectations for next-mentioned referents are an important contributing factor for clause-level effects of parallel facilitation. Metcalf, room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
April 9, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Speaker: Ila Fiete, University of Texas. Title: TBA Metcalf, room 305 Colloquia, Dept: CLPS, Brain Science Program, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments