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Processing Strategies and Resumptive Pronouns in English
Chung-hye Han, Noureddine Elouazizi, Christina Galeano, Emrah Görgülü, Nancy Hedberg, Jennifer Hinnell, Meghan Jeffrey, Kyeong-min Kim, and Susannah Kirby
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In two magnitude estimation task experiments, native speakers of English rated sentences with subject gap or object gap indefinite relative clauses formed from non-islands or islands, with a resumptive pronoun or an empty gap. One experiment had text stimuli and the other audio stimuli. We found that while subject resumptive pronouns, but not object resumptive pronouns, improve acceptability in islands, resumptive relatives receive a uniformly low acceptability rating across clause types. The attested subject-object asymmetry thus is not a function of resumption itself but instead is due to the fact that subject empty gap relative clauses are much less acceptable than object empty gap relative clauses.

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Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Nathan Arnett and Ryan Bennett
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