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Search for a Minimal Agent Predicate Link Preference in Recursive Agent Distribution Strategy for Embedded Clauses
Abhijit Debnath and Gautam Sengupta
134-140 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

The issue of control preference has been explored in the current study and a processing account in terms of processing complexity rather than preferences has been built. Findings in Spanish, Japanese and Bangla have been analysed and grouped in terms of online processing features and a general inference of complexity increment has been drawn which suggests that with every assignment of an event to a potential performer or agent, there is an increment of processing load of some sort. It has been claimed that the processor looks for some sort of a conformation to a minimality in the number of association links from an agent to events in the form of a predicate that (1) either gets directly associated with the agent as the subject of the clause that contains the predicate or (2) gets indirectly associated with the agent as the controller of the EC, PRO/pro which is the subject of the embedded clause that contains the predicate. This approach suggests one agent is linked with one event in object control sentences whereas one agent is linked with more than one event in subject control sentences. The hypothesis suggests that the processor goes for a minimality in the number of events linked to an agent and preferably no specific event for a potential agent. The deviation from a conformation to this default expectation of minimal links in the incoming sentential information is suggested to be the actual cause behind the processing discrepancies observed in the available findings rather than any structural or lexical factors.

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Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge
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