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  When syntax meets semantics

Gunter, T. C., Stowe, L. A., & Mulder, G. (1997). When syntax meets semantics. Psychophysiology, 34(6), 660-676. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.1997.tb02142.x.

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Gunter, Thomas C.1, Author              
Stowe, L. A.2, Author
Mulder, G.3, Author
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1MPI of Cognitive Neuroscience (Leipzig, -2003), The Prior Institutes, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, Leipzig, DE, ou_634574              
2Department of Linguistics, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, ou_persistent22              
3Institute for Experimental and Occupational Psychology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Semantics; Syntax; Left anterior negativity (LAN); N400; P600; SPS
 Abstract: Three experiments concerning the processing of syntactic and semantic violations were conducted. Event related potentials (ERPs) showed that semantic violations elicited an N400 response, whereas syntactic violations elicited two early negativities (150 and 350 ms) and a P600 response. No interaction between the semantic and early syntactic ERP effects was found sentence complexity and violation probability (25% vs 75%) affected only the P600 and not the early negativities. The probability effect was taken as evidence that the P600 resembles the P3B, The temporal order of word processing in a sentence as suggested by the data was such that a more automatic syntactic analysis was performed (earlier syntactic-related negativities) in parallel with a semantic analysis 9N400), after which a syntactic reanalysis was performed (P600). A reanalysis interpretation of the P600 could explain why the extent of the reanalysis differed with syntactic complexity and probability of ungrammaticality.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 1997
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 239379
ISSN: 0048-5772
Other: P6842
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1997.tb02142.x
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Title: Psychophysiology
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: New York, NY [etc.] : Blackwell Publishing Inc. [etc.]
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 34 (6) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 660 - 676 Identifier: ISSN: 0048-5772
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925334698