Syntax

Sentence processing selectivity in Broca's area: evident for structure but not syntactic movement

The role of Broca's area in sentence processing is hotly debated. Hypotheses include that Broca's area supports sentence comprehension via syntax-specific processes, hierarchical structure building, or working memory. Here we adopt a within-subject …

Subliminal wh-islands in Brazilian Portuguese and the consequences for syntactic theory

Categorical acceptability judgments form an important and productive heuristic that provides a substantial body of data to theoretical linguists. Despite its popularity, however, they might not always provide an accurate representation of the …

The empirical status of data in syntax: A reply to Gibson and Fedorenko

Gibson and Fedorenko (2013, henceforth G&F) claim that the traditional methods of data collection in syntax are invalid. They argue that these methods routinely yield unreliable data, which in turn casts doubt on the validity of the resulting …

The role of experimental syntax in an integrated cognitive science of language

Acceptability judgments form the primary empirical foundation for generative syntactic theories (Chomsky 1965, Schütze 1996). As such, the methodology of acceptability judgment collection has been a topic of research since the earliest days of …

The 469 data points that form the empirical foundation of generative syntactic theory are at least 98% replicable using formal experiments

Acceptability judgment collection in the field of generative syntax has generally proceeded informally, that is, without the formal methods familiar from experimental psychology. Two types of arguments have been proposed for the adoption of formal …

A problem for the preposition stranding generalization

Following the original proposal by Ross (1969), Merchant (2001) has convincingly argued that sluicing (Ross 1969, Chung, Ladusaw, and McCloskey 1995, Merchant 2001, Chung, to appear) results from the deletion of an IP following wh-movement. From this …

On the representation of Portuguese gender-inflected words in the mental lexicon

This study aims at verifying whether Portuguese gender-inflected nouns and adjectives are represented as full forms as suggestedby Spanish data (Dominguez, Cuetos, & Segui, 1999). A series of lexical decision experiments is reported. Grammatical …