Reanalysis Aspects of Movements

  • Marica De Vincenzi
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 21)


This chapter describes work focusing on the reanalysis of long-distance dependencies, specifically wh-questions, instead of phrase-structure reanalysis. It will show that holding all the above aspects constant, there is still a difference in reanalysis between who and which dependencies. In particular, I will show that reanalyzing a strictly grammatical dependency is more costly than reanalyzing a coindexing relation. This difference will be attributed to the type of linguistic relation that who and which enter into, namely an antecedent government chain (who) and a binding chain (which). The finding has been motivated by experimental data on Italian (cf. De Vincenzi, in press), but it also accounts for some experimental data collected in English (cf. Carlson & Tanenhaus, 1988), therefore showing the cross-linguistic validity of such a difference in reanalysis.


Syntactic Structure Subject Position Binding Relation Thematic Role Steel Worker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marica De Vincenzi
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  1. 1.Institute of Psychology of the National Research Council (CNR)USA

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