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  Attachment preference in auditory German sentences: Individual differences and pragmatic strategy

Harding, E., Sammler, D., & Kotz, S. A. (2019). Attachment preference in auditory German sentences: Individual differences and pragmatic strategy. Frontiers in Psychology, 10: 1357. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01357.

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Harding, Eleanor1, Author              
Sammler, Daniela2, Author              
Kotz, Sonja A.1, 3, Author              
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2Otto Hahn Group Neural Bases of Intonation in Speech, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_1797284              
3Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Attachment preference; Individual differences; Pragmatics; Musical ability; Working memory; Syntax
 Abstract: Relative clauses modify a preceding element, but as this element can be flexibly located, the point of attachment is sometimes ambiguous. Preference for this attachment can vary within languages such as German, yet explanations for differences in attachment preference related to cognitive strategies or constraints have been conflicting in the current literature. The present study aimed to assess the preference for relative clause attachment among German listeners and whether these preferences could be explained by strategy or individual differences in working memory or musical rhythm ability. We performed a sentence completion experiment, conducted post hoc interviews, and measured working memory and rhythm abilities with diagnostic tests. German listeners had no homogeneous attachment preference, although participants consistently completed individual sentences across trials according to the general preference that they reported offline. Differences in attachment preference were moreover not linked to individual differences in either working memory or musical rhythm ability. However, the pragmatic content of individual sentences sometimes overrode the general syntactic preference in participants with lower rhythm ability. Our study makes an important contribution to the field of psycholinguistics by validating offline self-reports as a reliable diagnostic for an individual’s online relative clause attachment preference. The link between pragmatic strategy and rhythm ability is an interesting direction for future research.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-01-202019-05-242019-06-18
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01357
PMC: PMC6592159
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Project name : Europe, Brain and Music: New perspectives for stimulating cognitive and sensory processes / EBRAMUS
Grant ID : 238157
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
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Funding organization : French Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Project name : On the origins of grammar: from structural complexity in auditory sequences to syntactic structure
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Funding organization : Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
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Funding program : Otto Hahn Award
Funding organization : Max Planck Society

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Title: Frontiers in Psychology
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Publ. Info: Pully, Switzerland : Frontiers Research Foundation
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 10 Sequence Number: 1357 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1664-1078
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1664-1078