Semantic Influences on Syntactic Acceptability Ratings

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Dokumentart: ConferenceObject
Date: 2019-07-31
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
420 - English and Old English
Keywords: Grammatikalität , Akzeptanz , Verständlichkeit
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A high prevalence of syntactic gradience is well attested, but a comprehensive explanation is still needed. In the present paper, we look into the question of whether semantic influences could account for parts of the observed gradience. Results from two experiments suggest that semantic influences can have a degrading effect on the acceptability of grammatical items. However, we did not observe that they had an ameliorating effect, which still leaves a good deal of the observed gradience in need of an explanation.

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