Language Down the Garden Path: The Cognitive and Biological Basis for Linguistic Structures

Paperback | December 24, 2014

EditorMontserrat Sanz, Itziar Laka, Michael K. Tanenhaus

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Thomas G. Bever's now iconic sentence, The horse raced past the barn fell, first appeared in his 1970 paper "The Cognitive Basis of Linguistic Structures". This 'garden path sentence', so-called because of the way it leads the reader or listener down the wrong parsing path, helped spawn theentire subfield of sentence processing. It has become the most often quoted element of a paper which spanned a wealth of research into the relationship between the grammatical system and language processing.Language Down the garden Path traces the lines of research that grew out of Bever's classic paper. Leading scientists review over 40 years of debates on the factors at play in language comprehension, production, and acquisition (the role of prediction, grammar, working memory, prosody, abstractness,syntax, and semantics mapping); the current status of universals and narrow syntax; and virtually every topic relevant in psycholinguistics since 1970. Written in an accessible and engaging style, the book will appeal to all those interested in understanding the questions that shaped, and are stillshaping, this field and the ways in which linguists, cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists are seeking to answer them.

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Thomas G. Bever's now iconic sentence, The horse raced past the barn fell, first appeared in his 1970 paper "The Cognitive Basis of Linguistic Structures". This 'garden path sentence', so-called because of the way it leads the reader or listener down the wrong parsing path, helped spawn theentire subfield of sentence processing. It has...

Montserrat Sanz Yague received her PhD in Linguistics and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. She is currently Professor in the Department of Spanish at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (Japan). She leads a research team that explores the process of acquisition of Spanish by native speakers of Japanese. ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Thomas G. Bever: Reprint of 'The Cognitive Basis of Linguistic Structures'1. Montserrat Sanz, Itziar Laka, and Michael K. Tanenhaus: Sentence Comprehension Before and After 1970: Topics, debates, and techniques2. Gerry T. M. Altmann: Anticipating the Garden Path: The horse raced past the barn ate the cake3. Maryellen C. MacDonald: Inviting Production to the Cognitive Basis Party4. Chien-Jer Charles Lin: Thematic Templates and the Comprehension of Relative Clauses5. Edward Gibson, Harry Tily, and Evelina Fedorenko: The Processing Complexity of English Relative Clauses6. Gary S. Dell and Audrey K. Kittredge: Prediction, Production, Priming, and imPlicit Learning: A framework for psycholinguistics7. David J. Townsend: Enduring Themes in Sentence Comprehension: Projecting linguistic structures8. Robert Berwick: The Multiple Bases for Linguistic Structures9. Janet Dean Fodor: Pronouncing and Comprehending Center-embedded Sentences10. Brian McElree and Lisbeth Dyer: Beyond Capacity: The role of memory processes in building linguistic structure in real-time11. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Matthias Schlesewsky: Neurotypology: Modelling cross-linguistic similarities and differences in the neurocognition of language comprehension12. Montserrat Sanz: The Path From Certain Events to Linguistic Uncertainties13. Massimo Piatteli-Palmarini: On Abstraction and Language Universals14. Virginia Valian: Determiners: An empirical argument for innateness15. Simona Mancini, Nicola Molinaro, and Manuel Carreiras: Anchoring Agreement16. Colin Phillips: Parser-grammar Relations: We don't understand everything twice17. Edward P. Stabler: The Epicenter of Linguistic Behaviour18. Luciano Fadiga and Alessandro D'Ausilio: From Action to Language: Evidence and speculations19. Yosef Grodzinsky: The Mirror Theory of Language: A neuro-linguist's perspective20. Jacques Mehler: Some Issues in Current Language Acquisition Research21. Ewan Dunbar, Brian Dillon, and William J. Idsardi: A Bayesian Evaluation of the Cost of Abstractness22. Thomas G. Bever: The Biolinguistics of Language Universals - the next yearsMichael K. Tanenhaus: Afterword: The Impact of The Cognitive Basis for Linguistic Structures: A retrospective reflection, reconstruction, and appreciationReferencesIndex

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"This is an exceptional book, animated by its exploration of ideas in T.G. Bever's foundational paper 'The Cognitive Basis of Linguistic Structures'. It's a grand design that stirs the echoes of four decades of intense debate in the sciences of language. The contributors are highlyaccomplished scientists, and we are thus treated to an authoritative as well as a lively and stimulating range of views on ways in which human cognition shapes and is shaped by our linguistic capacity." --Merrill Garrett, University of Arizona