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  Why a "word order difference" is not always a "word order" difference: A reply to Weyerts, Penke, Münte, Heinze, and Clahsen

Schlesewsky, M., Bornkessel, I., & Meyer, M. (2002). Why a "word order difference" is not always a "word order" difference: A reply to Weyerts, Penke, Münte, Heinze, and Clahsen. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 31(5), 437-445. doi:10.1023/A:1021209818415.

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Schlesewsky, Matthias, Author
Bornkessel, Ina1, Author              
Meyer, Martin1, Author              
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1MPI of Cognitive Neuroscience (Leipzig, -2003), The Prior Institutes, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634574              

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Free keywords: Verb placement; ERPs; Syntactic processing cost; P600; Anterior negativity
 Abstract: We present evidence that the supposed processing advantage for an SVfinO word order over an SOVfin word order in German argued for by Weyerts, Penke, Münte, Heinze, and Clahsen (2002) is supported by neither experimental nor theoretical evidence. Specifically, we show (a) that the frontocentral negativity for an SOVfin in comparison to an SVfinO word order in Weyerts et al.'s Experiments 2 and 3 is reducible to more general differences in the electrophysiological responses elicited by nouns versus verbs in a sentence context, and (b) that the P600 difference between the two word orders in Experiment 2, as well as the reading time differences in Experiment 1, result from the fact that the two supposedly ungrammatical conditions actually differ in their degree of ill-formedness. We conclude that there is no evidence for a processing disadvantage for SOVfin, thus reconciling Weyerts et al.'s results on German sentence processing with the grammatical regularities of German.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2002
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 239053
ISI: 000179495700001
DOI: 10.1023/A:1021209818415
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Title: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
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Publ. Info: New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers [etc.]
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 31 (5) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 437 - 445 Identifier: ISSN: 0090-6905
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925462140