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dc.contributor.authorLevy, Roger
dc.contributor.authorFedorenko, Evelina
dc.contributor.authorGibson, Edward A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-09T12:31:55Z
dc.date.available2016-05-09T12:31:55Z
dc.date.issued2013-06
dc.date.submitted2012-10
dc.identifier.issn0749596X
dc.identifier.issn1096-0821
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/102417
dc.description.abstractAlthough syntactic complexity has been investigated across dozens of studies, the available data still greatly underdetermine relevant theories of processing difficulty. Memory-based and expectation-based theories make opposite predictions regarding fine-grained time course of processing difficulty in syntactically constrained contexts, and each class of theory receives support from results on some constructions in some languages. Here we report four self-paced reading experiments on the online comprehension of Russian relative clauses together with related corpus studies, taking advantage of Russian’s flexible word order to disentangle predictions of competing theories. We find support for key predictions of memory-based theories in reading times at RC verbs, and for key predictions of expectation-based theories in processing difficulty at RC-initial accusative noun phrase (NP) objects, which corpus data suggest should be highly unexpected. These results suggest that a complete theory of syntactic complexity must integrate insights from both expectation-based and memory-based theories.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2012.10.005en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licenceen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en_US
dc.sourceElsevieren_US
dc.titleThe syntactic complexity of Russian relative clausesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationLevy, Roger, Evelina Fedorenko, and Edward Gibson. “The Syntactic Complexity of Russian Relative Clauses.” Journal of Memory and Language 69, no. 4 (November 2013): 461–495.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorFedorenko, Evelinaen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorGibson, Edward A.en_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Memory and Languageen_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticleen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsLevy, Roger; Fedorenko, Evelina; Gibson, Edwarden_US
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3823-514X
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5912-883X
mit.licensePUBLISHER_CCen_US


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