Reading time evidence for enriched composition

Brian McElree, Matthew J. Traxler, Martin J. Pickering, Rachel E. Seely, Ray Jackendoff

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Verbs like 'begin' and 'enjoy' appear to semantically select a complement that expresses an activity or an event (Jackendoff, R. (1997). The architecture of the language faculty. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; Pustejovsky, J. Cognition 41 (1991) 47; Pustejovsky, J. (1995). The generative lexicon. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). When these verbs occur with a complement that does not directly denote either an activity or an event (e.g.'...began the book' or '...enjoyed the book'), the complement must be type-shifted from an object to an activity to conform to the verb's semantic restrictions. We report an experiment in which self-paced reading times were found to be longer for complements that required type-shifting than for complements that directly matched the semantic restrictions of the matrix verb. This finding is argued to provide on-line evidence for a type of enriched lexical processing posited in recent lexical semantic research. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCognition
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Keywords

  • Enriched composition
  • Evidence
  • Reading time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

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McElree, B., Traxler, M. J., Pickering, M. J., Seely, R. E., & Jackendoff, R. (2001). Reading time evidence for enriched composition. Cognition, 78(1). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0010-0277(00)00113-X

Reading time evidence for enriched composition. / McElree, Brian; Traxler, Matthew J.; Pickering, Martin J.; Seely, Rachel E.; Jackendoff, Ray.

In: Cognition, Vol. 78, No. 1, 2001.

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McElree, B, Traxler, MJ, Pickering, MJ, Seely, RE & Jackendoff, R 2001, 'Reading time evidence for enriched composition', Cognition, vol. 78, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0010-0277(00)00113-X
McElree B, Traxler MJ, Pickering MJ, Seely RE, Jackendoff R. Reading time evidence for enriched composition. Cognition. 2001;78(1). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0010-0277(00)00113-X
McElree, Brian ; Traxler, Matthew J. ; Pickering, Martin J. ; Seely, Rachel E. ; Jackendoff, Ray. / Reading time evidence for enriched composition. In: Cognition. 2001 ; Vol. 78, No. 1.
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