Maria Mercedes Piñango

List of John Benjamins publications for which Maria Mercedes Piñango plays a role.


Lai, Yao-Ying, David Braze and Maria Mercedes Piñango 2023 The time-course of contextual modulation for underspecified meaning: An eye-movement studyThe Mental Lexicon 18:1, pp. 41–93 | Article
Sentences like (1) “The singer began the album” are ambiguous between an agentive reading (The singer began recording/playing/etc. the album) and a constitutive reading (The singer’s song was the first track). The ambiguity is rooted in the meaning specification of the aspectual-verb class, which… read more
Piñango, Maria Mercedes and Martín Fuchs 2023 Cognitive underpinnings of the meaning of Spanish estar: Implications for its diachronic changeCopulas in Spanish and Beyond, Gumiel-Molina, Silvia and Isabel Pérez-Jiménez (eds.), pp. 367–388 | Article
The Spanish copula verb estar is currently taking part in two of the most well-known paths of semantic change across different dialectal varieties of Spanish: (a) as a main copula verb, in its encroachment on the domain of ser, and (b) as the auxiliary in the Present Progressive marker, as it… read more
Spanish exhibits two markers to convey a progressive meaning: the Simple Present and the Present Progressive. The use of these markers is contextually biased: the Simple Present requires contexts where speaker and addressee share perceptual access to the situation at issue, while the Present… read more
Fuchs, Martín, Ashwini Deo and Maria Mercedes Piñango 2020 The Progressive-to-Imperfective shift: Contextually determined variation in Rioplatense, Iberian, and Mexican Altiplano SpanishHispanic Linguistics: Current issues and new directions, Morales-Front, Alfonso, Michael J. Ferreira, Ronald P. Leow and Cristina Sanz (eds.), pp. 119–136 | Chapter
Spanish has two markers (claimed to be in free alternation) to convey that an event is in progress at reference time: the Simple Present (e.g., canta, ‘sings’) and the Present Progressive (e.g., está cantando, ‘is singing’). Based on evidence from sentence acceptability studies in three different… read more
Katsika, Argyro, David Braze, Ashwini Deo and Maria Mercedes Piñango 2012 Complement Coercion: Distinguishing between type-shifting and pragmatic inferencingThe Mental Lexicon 7:1, pp. 58–76 | Article
Although Complement Coercion has been systematically associated with computational cost, there remains a serious confound in the experimental evidence built up in previous studies. The confound arises from the fact that lexico-semantic differences within the set of verbs assumed to involve coercion… read more
Wittenberg, Eva and Maria Mercedes Piñango 2011 Processing light verb constructionsThe Mental Lexicon 6:3, pp. 393–413 | Article
Henry gave Elsa a kiss give kiss give a kiss We test two approaches to light verb constructions: (1) joint predication in light verb constructions is stored as pre-specified, and their high frequency predicts less processing cost. (2) Joint predication in light verb… read more
Piñango, Maria Mercedes and Petra B. Schumacher 2005 Pronominal Interpretation and the Syntax-Discourse Interface: Real-time Comprehension and Neurological PropertiesAnaphora Processing: Linguistic, cognitive and computational modelling, Branco, António, Tony McEnery and Ruslan Mitkov (eds.), pp. 221 ff. | Article
Piñango, Maria Mercedes 2002 Cortical reflections of two pronominal relationsPronouns – Grammar and Representation, Simon, Horst J. and Heike Wiese (eds.), pp. 233–252 | Article