Subcategorization and Sentence Processing

  • Paul Gorrell
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 44)


In this chapter I will discuss two issues concerned with the relationship between lexical information associated with verbs and syntactic processing. By syntactic processing, I mean that aspect of human sentence comprehension that recovers a syntactic structure for a given word string. First, I will examine two structural ambiguities in Mandarin (Gorrell and Chen, 1988) and discuss how they can be successfully parsed within the framework of minimal commitment parsing models (Marcus, Hindle, and Fleck, 1983; Berwick and Weinberg, 1985). I will then turn to a discussion of some recent experimental work investigating structural ambiguity in English and relate this to the Mandarin examples. This discussion will turn on the availability of subcategorization information associated with ambiguous verbs.


Lexical Decision Ambiguity Resolution Direct Object Embed Clause Syntactic Processing 
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  • Paul Gorrell
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Maryland at College ParkCollege ParkUSA

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