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Syntactic Priming in Sentence Production

Yang Jie;张亚旭   

  1. Department of Psychology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2006-05-28 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2007-03-15 Published:2007-03-15
  • Contact: Zhang Yaxu

Abstract: Syntactic priming (SP) in sentence production refers to the tendency of speakers and writers to reuse syntactic structures that they have recently processed. The studies we reviewed in this article have demonstrated that, (a) SP can not be explained simply by lexical, thematic, or metrical similarity between prime and target; (b) The magnitudes of SP effects have been observed to be reduced if the prime and target contain different verb, different number of thematic roles, or different order of the roles; (c) both hierarchical and linear structures have mental realities; (d) there is cross-modal syntactic priming both between speaking and writing and from comprehension to production. These findings have promoted development of new models of sentence production such as the syntactic priming model and the model of verb’s syntactic representation. The directions of further studies were speculated in this article

Key words: syntactic priming, sentence production, syntactic representations, verb, thematic roles

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