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Modeling the noun phrase versus sentence coordination ambiguity in Dutch: Evidence from Surprisal Theory

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Fitz,  Hartmut
Neurobiology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, Nijmegen;
Center for Language & Cognition Groningen, Department of Information Science, University of Groningen;

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Brouwer, H., Fitz, H., & Hoeks, J. C. (2010). Modeling the noun phrase versus sentence coordination ambiguity in Dutch: Evidence from Surprisal Theory. In Proceedings of the 2010 Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, ACL 2010 (pp. 72-80). Association for Computational Linguistics.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-F21E-5
Abstract
This paper investigates whether surprisal theory can account for differential processing difficulty in the NP-/S-coordination ambiguity in Dutch. Surprisal is estimated using a Probabilistic Context-Free Grammar (PCFG), which is induced from an automatically annotated corpus. We find that our lexicalized surprisal model can account for the reading time data from a classic experiment on this ambiguity by Frazier (1987). We argue that syntactic and lexical probabilities, as specified in a PCFG, are sufficient to account for what is commonly referred to as an NP-coordination preference.