Experiment 5: The Minimal Chain Principle and the Grammar of the Language

  • Marica de Vincenzi
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 12)


The Minimal Chain Principle predicts that the parser prefers postulating a singleton chain to postulating a longer chain. This can be paraphrased as a general preference to posit unmoved elements over moved ones. This prediction has been tested and supported by experimental evidence on the processing of Italian declarative sentences (Experiments 1 and 2 of the present work).


Reading Time Relative Clause Subject Position Embed Clause Subordinate Clause 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marica de Vincenzi
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  1. 1.Institute of Psychology of the CNRRomeItaly

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