An Investigation of Working Memory and Prosodic Phrasing in Processing Complex Sentences in the Second Language
This study investigates processing of relative clause (RC) attachment ambiguities in the first and second languages. Ambiguous sentences have two meanings. RC attachment ambiguities are sentences such as [NP1 The father] of [NP2 the author] [RC who was killed last year was famous]. Such sentences are ambiguous with respect to which noun phrase (NP), the father or the author, the RC who was killed last year attaches to (i.e., modifies). Processing of RC attachment ambiguities has received much attention in the psycholinguistics literature due to the crosslinguistic variation in attachment preferences.