Experiment 5: The Minimal Chain Principle and the Grammar of the Language
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).
KeywordsReading Time Relative Clause Subject Position Embed Clause Subordinate Clause
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