Deeper than shallow: Evidence for structure-based parsing biases in second-language sentence processing

Jeffrey Witzel, Naoko Witzel, Janet Nicol

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Abstract

This study examines the reading patterns of native speakers (NSs) and high-level (Chinese) nonnative speakers (NNSs) on three English sentence types involving temporarily ambiguous structural configurations. The reading patterns on each sentence type indicate that both NSs and NNSs were biased toward specific structural interpretations. These results are interpreted as evidence that both first-language and second-language (L2) sentence comprehension is guided (at least in part) by structure-based parsing strategies and, thus as counterevidence to the claim that NNSs are largely limited to rudimentary (or "shallow") syntactic computation during online L2 sentence processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-456
Number of pages38
JournalApplied Psycholinguistics
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Psychology(all)

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