Reanalysis in Sentence Processing

  • Janet Dean Fodor
  • Fernanda Ferreira

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Marica De Vincenzi
    Pages 47-71
  3. Fernanda Ferreira, John M. Henderson
    Pages 73-100
  4. Janet Dean Fodor, Atsu Inoue
    Pages 101-141
  5. Lyn Frazier, Charles Clifton Jr.
    Pages 143-176
  6. Vincenzo Lombardo
    Pages 287-325
  7. Suzanne Stevenson
    Pages 327-363
  8. Patrick Sturt, Matthew W. Crocker
    Pages 365-400
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 401-414

About this book


The topic addressed in this volume lies within the study of sentence processing, which is one of the major divisions of psycholinguistics. The goal has been to understand the structure and functioning of the mental mechanisms involved in sentence comprehension. Most of the experimental and theoretical work during the last twenty or thirty years has focused on 'first-pass parsing', the process of assigning structure to a sentence as its words are encountered, one at a time, 'from left to right' . One important guiding idea has been to delineate the processing mechanisms by studying where they fai!. For this purpose we identify types of sentences which perceivers have trouble assigning structure to. An important class of perceptually difficult senten ces are those which contain temporary ambiguities. Since the parsing mechanism cannot tell what the intended structure is, it may make an incorrect guess. Then later on in the sentence, the structure assignment process breaks down, because the later words do not fit with the incorrect structural analysis. This is called a 'garden path' situation. When it occurs, the parsing mechanism must somehow correct itself, and find a different analysis which is compatible with the incoming words. This reanalysis process is the subject of the research reported here.


Parsing cognitive science communication linguistics psycholinguistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Janet Dean Fodor
    • 1
  • Fernanda Ferreira
    • 2
  1. 1.Program in LinguisticsCUNY Graduate School and University CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5037-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9070-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-0043
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