Processing long-distance dependencies: an experimental investigation of grammatical illusions in English and Spanish

  1. Dios Flores, Iria de
unter der Leitung von:
  1. Juan Carlos Acuña Fariña Doktorvater/Doktormutter
  2. Manuel Francisco Carreiras Valiña Doktorvater

Universität der Verteidigung: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Fecha de defensa: 23 von März von 2021

  1. Isabel Fraga Carou Präsident/in
  2. Sol Lago Sekretär/in
  3. Brian William Dillon Vocal

Art: Dissertation


A central concern in the study of sentence comprehension has to do with defining the role that grammatical information plays during the incremental interpretation of language. In order to successfully achieve the complex task of understanding a linguistic message, the language comprehension system (the parser) must – among other things – be able to resolve the wide variety of relations that are established between the different parts of a sentence. These relations are known as linguistic dependencies. Linguistic dependencies are subject to a diverse range of grammatical constraints (e.g. syntactic, morphological, lexical, etc.), and how these constraints are implemented in real-time comprehension is one of the fundamental questions in psycholinguistic research. In this quest, the focus has been often placed on studying the sensitivity that language users exhibit to grammatical contrasts during sentence processing. The grammatical richness with which the parser seems to operate makes it even more interesting when the results of sentence processing do not converge with the constraints of the grammar. Misalignments between grammar and parsing provide a unique window into the principles that guide language comprehension, and their study has generated a fruitful research program.