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A sentence processing study of relative clauses in Korean with two attachment sites

Title
A sentence processing study of relative clauses in Korean with two attachment sites
Author
이다미
Keywords
relative clauses; processing; ambiguity; attachment preferences
Issue Date
2004-09
Publisher
담화인지 언어학회
Citation
담화와인지, v.11, No. Page. 125-140
Abstract
In the literature of relative clause (RC) attachment preferences with two antecedents, cross-linguistic differences have been reported. While abundant empirical studies have confirmed that English shows low attachment preference (LA), research on Korean, theoretically predicted to prefer high attachment preference (HA) has been scarce. Empirical support of the theory is in need for this language. Regarding the methodology, it has been shown that online and offline experiments produce consistent attachment preference for head-initial languages (e.g. English, Spanish). However, Japanese, a head final-language has shown an asymmetry between online and offline experiments. The purpose of the present study is twofold: First, to determine whether Korean is indeed an HA preference language, as is predicted by general psycholinguistic processing principles. Second, whether different kinds of methodology provide different attachment preferences in Korean, as in Japanese, but not in English. In the current study, a written survey test (offline) and a self-pace reading task (online) provided consistent results: HA preference for Korean. Therefore, we suggest that Korean indeed prefers HA and does not show the asymmetry to attachment preference, observed in Japanese. Cross-linguistic differences based on word order and test methodology are discussed.
URI
https://information.hanyang.ac.kr/#/eds/detail?an=edspia.934052&dbId=edspiahttps://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/151785
ISSN
1226-5691; 2713-4091
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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