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Children do not overcome lexical biases where adults do: The role of the referential scene in garden-path recovery

Kidd, Evan; Stewart, Andrew; Serratrice, Ludovica


In this paper we report on a visual world eye-tracking experiment that investigated the differing abilities of adults and children to use referential scene information during reanalysis to overcome lexical biases during sentence processing. The results showed that adults incorporated aspects of the referential scene into their parse as soon as it became apparent that a test sentence was syntactically ambiguous, suggesting they considered the two alternative analyses in parallel. In contrast,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Child Language
DOI: 10.1017/S0305000909990316


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