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Structural Expectations in Chinese Relative Clause Comprehension
Zhong Chen, Kyle Grove, and John Hale
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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.

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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
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