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Two-stage interaction between word order and noun animacy during online thematic processing of sentences in Mandarin Chinese
Li, Xiao-Qing; Zhao, Hai-Yan; Zheng, Yuan-Yuan; Yang, Yu-Fang
2015-05-28
Source PublicationLANGUAGE COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE
ISSN2327-3798
SubtypeArticle
Volume30Issue:5Pages:555-573
AbstractHow different sources of linguistic information are used during online language comprehension is a central question in psycholinguistic research. This study used eye-tracking and electrophysiological techniques to investigate how and when word order and noun animacy interact with each other during online thematic processing of Mandarin Chinese sentences. The initial argument in the sentence is animate or inanimate and the following verb disambiguates it as an agent or patient. The results at the verb revealed that, at the early processing stage, the patient-first sentences elicited longer gaze duration and larger N400 than the agent-first ones only when the initial argument was inanimate; however, at the late stage, the patient-first sentences elicited prolonged second-pass time and enhanced P600 only when the initial argument was animate. In addition, the brain oscillations at the verb also showed different patterns in the early and later window latencies. The present results suggested that the online thematic processing of Mandarin Chinese sentences involves not only universal processing strategies (subject-preference) but also language-specific strategies as well. That is, in Mandarin Chinese, noun animacy interacts with word order immediately during online sentence comprehension; the initial processing results can be overridden by additional interpretively relevant information types at a later stage. Those results provided important indications for the language comprehension models.
Keywordsubject-preference animacy word order argument interpretation
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Language英语
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/14267
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
AffiliationChinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Li, Xiao-Qing,Zhao, Hai-Yan,Zheng, Yuan-Yuan,et al. Two-stage interaction between word order and noun animacy during online thematic processing of sentences in Mandarin Chinese[J]. LANGUAGE COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE,2015,30(5):555-573.
APA Li, Xiao-Qing,Zhao, Hai-Yan,Zheng, Yuan-Yuan,&Yang, Yu-Fang.(2015).Two-stage interaction between word order and noun animacy during online thematic processing of sentences in Mandarin Chinese.LANGUAGE COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE,30(5),555-573.
MLA Li, Xiao-Qing,et al."Two-stage interaction between word order and noun animacy during online thematic processing of sentences in Mandarin Chinese".LANGUAGE COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE 30.5(2015):555-573.
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