This article applies an information-theoretic linking theory, surprisal, as a complexity metric to derive the pattern of incremental processing difficulty in four Chinese relative clause constructions. The modeling investigates the role that frequency-driven structural expectations play in parsing, especially when temporary ambiguities occur. It makes predictions which remain consistent with a universal subject relative preference in sentence comprehension.
Proceedings of the 29th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Jaehoon Choi, E. Alan Hogue, Jeffrey Punske, Deniz Tat, Jessamyn Schertz, and Alex Trueman Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-451-5 library binding
viii + 406 pages
publication date: 2012
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA