Monday, August 3, 2009
This paper investigates prepositional phrase attachment preferences in Greek V-NP-PP structures. Native Greek speakers' attachment preferences were investigated through an off-line acceptability task and an on-line self-paced grammaticality judgment task. The experimental sentences include Greek V-NP-PP sentences in which four Greek prepositions were inserted (me [with], se [in, into], ja [for], apo [from, by]) so as to examine possible lexical effects that may stem from the lexicosemantic properties of each preposition. In addition, the influence of Definiteness Agreement, a language-specific grammatical phenomenon in Modern Greek, was investigated in the experimental data by varying the definiteness of the NP complement of P.
The results indicate an initial VP-attachment preference consistent with principles of syntax-based models of sentence processing (Minimal Attachment, Minimal Everything). In addition, the influence of Definiteness Agreement in the NP domain was evident both in the on-line and in the off-line data suggesting that attachment preferences may also be influenced by language-specific grammatical properties.
Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54 124, Greece
Received 8 July 2007; Revised 7 April 2008; Accepted 8 April 2008
Source Citation:Katsika, Kalliopi. "Exploring the minimal structure in prepositional phrase attachment ambiguities: Evidence from Greek." Lingua 119.10 (Oct 2009): 1482(19). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 3 Aug. 2009
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