Chapter published in:Typical and Impaired Processing in Morphosyntax
Edited by Vincent Torrens
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 64] 2020
► pp. 35–55
Integrating the filler
Evidence from double object constructions in Greek relative clauses
This study investigates filler integration by adult native speakers of Greek. Object Relative Clauses (RCs) including ditransitives were tested in order to address (a) whether Greek adults show reactivation of the filler at the gap as proposed by the Trace Reactivation Hypothesis (TRH), and (b) the psychological reality of two theoretical analyses of ditransitives in Greek. The first analysis proposes that the base-generated order is direct object (DO)–indirect object (IO), where the DO c-commands the IO, and the second analysis proposes that the basic word order is IO–DO, where the IO c-commands the DO. Cross-Modal Priming (CMP) (Swinney et al., 1979) and Probe-Classification During Reading aloud (Dekydtspotter et al., 2010) were employed. Trace reactivation effects confirm the TRH only in the CMP task and only when adopting the IO–DO order as basic.
Keywords: filler integration in Greek, cross-modal priming, probe classification during reading aloud, recipient prepositional constructions
Published online: 21 October 2020
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