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Title:The Representation and Processing of Argument Structure Constructions
Author(s):Bencini, Giulia Maria Luisa
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Goldberg, Adele E.
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Cognitive
Abstract:Experiment 3 in this study was designed to determine whether the previous finding of structural priming in the absence of shared semantics was due to lexical overlap between the prime and the target. The results replicated those of Bock and Loebell finding priming of passives with locative containing by. However they also showed that locatives without by such as "The 747 might land near the airport control tower" did not prime passives. Thus the preposition seems to be necessary for the priming of passive sentences to occur. These data are inconsistent with previous proposals stating that priming is the result of repeating abstract structure-building procedures. The results support a characterization of passive priming as operating at an intermediate level of generalization in which the function word by is an integral part of the passive construction. These results of the three experiments suggest that theories of linguistic representation that allow for intermediate generalizations, such as Construction Grammar, are better suited to provide the representational vocabulary for the study of language processing.
Issue Date:2002
Description:105 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3044050
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002

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