Structural Priming and the Mental Representation of Syntactic Structure

Speaker:
Filip Smolik (AV CR)
Abstract:
Priming phenomena have been very useful as experimental paradigms for investigating different aspects of language processing. In general, priming is the effect of one stimulus on the subsequent processing of a related stimulus. While priming between words and their meanings has been observed in 60´s and 70´s, priming of sentence structure has been discovered in 1980's. In structural priming, producing or comprehending a sentence facilitates subsequent processing of another sentence with a similar structure. While previous examinations of sentence processing relied heavily on the study of temporarily ambiguous sentences, structural priming makes it possible to address different types of structures. The presentation will provide a review of findings about structural priming, present some original research and propose the lines of research where Czech could contribute to the study of structural priming phenomena. I will argue that the study of structural priming provides the most direct way to address questions about how the mind represents syntactic structure.
Length:
01:18:33
Date:
29/11/2010
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