This study investigates the role of Generative Grammar principles in language processing by examining the role that the Minimal Structure Principle (MSP) plays during the processing of Preposition Stranding (P-Stranding) Constructions versus Pied-Piped Constructions. The MSP is a principle of economy that prefers fewer projections in a syntactic representation. If the MSP is active during language processing, P-Stranding Constructions should be less costly for monolingual English speakers to process. A self-paced reading task experiment showed that both constructions have similar processing costs. These results lead to questions for further research.
Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge
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