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  On the cross-linguistic validity of electrophysiological correlates of morphosyntactic processing: A study of case and agreement violations in Basque

Díaz, B., Sebastián-Gallés, N., Erdocia, K., Mueller, J. L., & Laka, I. (2011). On the cross-linguistic validity of electrophysiological correlates of morphosyntactic processing: A study of case and agreement violations in Basque. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24(3), 357-373. doi:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2010.12.003.

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Díaz, Begoña1, Author              
Sebastián-Gallés, Núria2, Author
Erdocia, Kepa3, Author
Mueller, Jutta L.4, Author              
Laka, Itziar3, Author
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1Max Planck Research Group Neural Mechanisms of Human Communication, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634556              
2Brain and Cognition Unit, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies, University of the Basque Country, Biscay, Spain, ou_persistent22              
4Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              

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Free keywords: Event-related brain potentials; Basque; Syntax; Ergativity; Case morphology; Number verb agreement; Object agreement; P600
 Abstract: The present study addresses the question of whether case and verb agreement are cross linguistically equivalent during sentence processing. This question is addressed by exploring the brain mechanisms involved in processing Basque, a Subject-Object-Verb (SOV) head-final language with ergative alignment, case morphology and multiple verb agreement. Basque speakers’ ERPs were recorded during an auditory grammatical judgment task. Participants were presented with correct and incorrect sentences addressed to study ergative case and subject and object verb-agreement processing. Incorrect sentences elicited, in all cases, a P600 component, an ERP effect repeatedly reported in previous studies that explored syntactic violations similar to the present ones, although in nominative languages. The results of this study show comparable ERP responses to both subject and object agreement and indicate that specific features of agreement (number versus person) have distinct ERP correlates, at least for multiple verb agreement. In addition, the ERP signatures for the ergative case violation were comparable to the ones found by previous studies on nominative case. Overall, the present study shows that the repair and reanalysis processes involved in verb agreement and case violations are sustained by equivalent neural mechanisms across language types.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2011-01-082011-05
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.jneuroling.2010.12.003
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Title: Journal of Neurolinguistics
  Other : J. Neurolinguist.
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Tokyo : Pergamon
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 24 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 357 - 373 Identifier: ISSN: 0911-6044
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