Diagnosis and Reanalysis: Two Processing Aspects the Brain May Differentiate

  • Angela D. Friederici
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 21)


A two stage parsing system is proposed in which the first stage is compatible with the initial stage of garden-path models held responsible for the build-up of the simplest structure justified by the input. The second stage consists of two subprocesses taking place once the initial structure has to be revised. The initial subprocess comprises the diagnosis of the need for reanalysis, the subsequent subprocess represents the actual reanalysis, i.e., the structural alterations necessary to recover from the structure that has been identified as being incorrect. On the basis of findings from studies using event-related brain potential measures it is hypothesized that these two subprocesses may be reflected in two different parameters of the positivity correlated with the processing of garden-path sentences, namely its onset latency and its duration.


Noun Phrase Relative Clause Revision Process Complement Clause Relative Pronoun 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela D. Friederici
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute of Cognitive NeuroscienceLeipzigGermany

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