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The Interface of Syntax, Semantics and Psycholinguistics: An Investigation of Operator Scope
Veena D. Dwivedi, Natalie A. Phillips, Maude Laguë-Beauvais, and Shari R. Baum
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A discourse processing model using the linguistic construct of mood was investigated using event-related potentials (ERPs). ERP waveforms confirmed the grammatical intuition that certain anaphoric relations were not licensed, due to the inaccessibility of the antecedent, as defined by the scope of modal operators. Interestingly, the ERP signature elicited to the anaphoric anomaly was a P600-like effect, not an N400. This finding is interpreted in terms of the theory of Modal Subordination as argued by Roberts (1987, 1989).

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Proceedings of the 24th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by John Alderete, Chung-hye Han, and Alexei Kochetov
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