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Left-edge boundary tone and main clause verb effects on syntactic processing in embedded clauses - An ERP study

Roll, Mikael LU ; Horne, Merle LU and Lindgren, Magnus LU (2009) In Journal of Neurolinguistics 22(1). p.55-73
Abstract
We examined the effects of main clause verb pragmatics and left-edge boundary tones on syntactic processing in Swedish embedded clauses, using listener judgments and Event-Related Potentials. When the syntactic structure did not match the expectation based on the occurrence of a left-edge boundary tone, the acceptance rate decreased significantly, and a biphasic positive effect with an early peak (P345) and a late peak (P600) showed increased processing load. A larger continuous positive effect (P600) was obtained by changing an assertive main clause verb to a nonassertive verb, thereby modifying the lexical pragmatic context of the embedded clause. Increased positivity was also seen at the left-edge boundary tone when it mismatched a... (More)
We examined the effects of main clause verb pragmatics and left-edge boundary tones on syntactic processing in Swedish embedded clauses, using listener judgments and Event-Related Potentials. When the syntactic structure did not match the expectation based on the occurrence of a left-edge boundary tone, the acceptance rate decreased significantly, and a biphasic positive effect with an early peak (P345) and a late peak (P600) showed increased processing load. A larger continuous positive effect (P600) was obtained by changing an assertive main clause verb to a nonassertive verb, thereby modifying the lexical pragmatic context of the embedded clause. Increased positivity was also seen at the left-edge boundary tone when it mismatched a preceding nonassertive verb. We conclude that left-edge boundary tones are used in addition to verb pragmatics to guide the syntactic processing of embedded clauses in Swedish, and that pragmatic and prosodic information is integrated immediately. (Less)
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ERP, Prosody, Syntax, Pragmatics, Boundary tone, Intonation, P600
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Journal of Neurolinguistics
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10.1016/j.jneuroling.2008.06.001
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Grammar, Prosody, Discourse and the Brain. ERP-studies in speech processing
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  abstract     = {We examined the effects of main clause verb pragmatics and left-edge boundary tones on syntactic processing in Swedish embedded clauses, using listener judgments and Event-Related Potentials. When the syntactic structure did not match the expectation based on the occurrence of a left-edge boundary tone, the acceptance rate decreased significantly, and a biphasic positive effect with an early peak (P345) and a late peak (P600) showed increased processing load. A larger continuous positive effect (P600) was obtained by changing an assertive main clause verb to a nonassertive verb, thereby modifying the lexical pragmatic context of the embedded clause. Increased positivity was also seen at the left-edge boundary tone when it mismatched a preceding nonassertive verb. We conclude that left-edge boundary tones are used in addition to verb pragmatics to guide the syntactic processing of embedded clauses in Swedish, and that pragmatic and prosodic information is integrated immediately.},
  author       = {Roll, Mikael and Horne, Merle and Lindgren, Magnus},
  issn         = {0911-6044},
  keyword      = {ERP,Prosody,Syntax,Pragmatics,Boundary tone,Intonation,P600},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {55--73},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Neurolinguistics},
  title        = {Left-edge boundary tone and main clause verb effects on syntactic processing in embedded clauses - An ERP study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroling.2008.06.001},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2009},
}