Processing and Producing Head-final Structures

  • Hiroko Yamashita
  • Yuki Hirose
  • Jerome L. Packard

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Incremental Processing and Head-final Structures

  3. Prosody and Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Yuki Hirose, Yoshihisa Kitagawa
      Pages 93-110
  4. Production of Head-final Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Mikihiro N. Tanaka, Holly P. Branigan, Martin J. Pickering
      Pages 113-129
  5. Corpus-based Approach to Processing and Production

  6. Processing Relative Clauses in Chinese

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Chien-Jer Charles Lin, Thomas G. Bever
      Pages 277-297
    3. Shukhan Ng, Janet Dean Fodor
      Pages 299-321
  7. Head-Direction and Processing Theory

  8. Hiroko Yamashita, Yuki Hirose, Jerome L. Packard
    Pages E1-E6
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 395-407

About this book


This book is the first collection of studies on an important yet under-investigated linguistic phenomenon, the processing and production of head-final syntactic structures. Until now, the remarkable progress made in the field of human sentence processing had been achieved largely by investigating head-initial languages such as English. The goal of the present volume is to deepen our understanding by examining head-final languages and offering a comparison of those results to findings from head-initial languages. This book brings together cross-linguistic investigations of languages with prominent head-final structures such as Basque, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi. It will inform readers of linguistics with both theoretical and experimental backgrounds, as it provides accounts of previous studies, offers experimentally-based theoretical discussions, and includes experimental stimuli in the original languages.


head direction head-final structures language acquisition language production sentence processing

Editors and affiliations

  • Hiroko Yamashita
    • 1
  • Yuki Hirose
    • 2
  • Jerome L. Packard
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of Modern Languages & CultureRochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Language & Information SciThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3., Department of East Languages & CulturesUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaiUrbanaUSA

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