One of the liveliest forums for sharing psychological, linguistic, philosophical, and computer science perspectives on psycholinguistics has been the annual meeting of the CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. Documenting the state of the art in several important approaches to sentence processing, this volume consists of selected papers that had been presented at the Sixth CUNY Conference. The editors not only present the main themes that ran through the conference but also honor the breadth of the presentations from disciplines including linguistics, experimental psychology, and computer science. The variety of sentence processing topics examined includes:
* how evoked brain potentials reflect sentence comprehension
* how auditory words are processed
* how various sources of grammatical and nongrammatical information are coordinated and used
* how sentence processing and language acquisition might be related.
This distinctive volume not only presents the most exciting current work in sentence processing, but also places this research into the broader context of theorizing about it.
"This book promises to be a major and continuing influence on research into how people understand and produce language.
—International Journal of American Linguistics
Contents: C. Clifton, Jr., L. Frazier, K. Rayner, Introduction. Part I:Sentence Processing and the Brain. L. Osterhout, Event-Related Brain Potentials as Tools for Comprehending Language Comprehension. P. Hagoort, C. Brown, Brain Responses to Lexical Ambiguity Resolution and Parsing. Part II:Phonological Processing. P. Zwitserlood, Access to Phonological-Form Representations in Language Comprehension and Production. C.M. Connine, Vertical and Horizontal Similarity in Spoken-Word Recognition. Part III:Syntactic Processing: Information Flow and Decision Making. M.C. MacDonald, N.J. Pearlmutter, M.S. Seidenberg, Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution as Lexical Ambiguity Resolution. J.C. Trueswell, M.K. Tanenhaus, Toward a Lexicalist Framework of Constraint-Based Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution. E. Gibson, N.J. Pearlmutter, A Corpus-Based Analysis of Psycholinguistic Constraints on Prepositional-Phrase Attachment. M. Pickering, S. Barton, R. Shillcock, Unbounded Dependencies, Island Constraints, and Processing Complexity. M. Bader, I. Lasser, German Verb-Final Clauses and Sentence Processing: Evidence for Immediate Attachment. Part IV:Syntactic Processing and Computational Models. M.W. Crocker, On the Nature of the Principle-Based Sentence Processor. O. Rambow, A.K. Joshi, A Processing Model for Free Word-Order Languages. E.P. Stabler, The Finite Connectivity of Linguistic Structure. Part V:Referential Processing. S. Garrod, Resolving Pronouns and Other Anaphoric Devices: The Case for Diversity in Discourse Processing. W.S. Murray, S.P. Liversedge, Referential Context Effects on Syntactic Processing. J. Sedivy, M. Spivey-Knowlton, The Use of Structural, Lexical, and Pragmatic Information in Parsing Attachment Ambiguities. M. Spivey-Knowlton, M.K. Tanenhaus, Referential Context and Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution. Part VI:Sentence Processing and Language Acquisition. S. Crain, W. Ni, L. Conway, Learning, Parsing and Modularity.