Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Matthias Schlesewsky: "Processing case: a neurotypological perspective", UMelb, 19 February 2016
When: 19 February 2016
Where: Babel 407, The University of Melbourne, Parkville
For many years, our understanding of language processing in the mind and brain was dominated by findings from verb-medial languages with relatively impoverished case systems (predominantly English). More recently, however, researchers in psycholinguistics and the cognitive neuroscience of language have begun to recognise that a comprehensive understanding of language processing must be grounded in studies of typologically diverse languages (e.g. Bornkessel & Schlesewsky, 2006; Bornkessel-Schlesewsky & Schlesewsky, 2009; Norcliffe et al., 2015). In this talk, we will review some of this cross-linguistic work – both from our own laboratories and from other groups – with a particular focus on the processing of morphological case marking. We will discuss, in particular, the importance of case marking for real-time, incremental sentence interpretation in verb-final constructions, but will also touch on other questions such as (initial insights on) similarities and differences in the processing of ergative versus accusative alignment systems.
Bornkessel, I., & Schlesewsky, M. (2006). The extended argument dependency model: A neurocognitive approach to sentence comprehension across languages. Psychological Review, 113(4), 787–821.
Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., & Schlesewsky, M. (2009). The role of prominence information in the real-time comprehension of transitive constructions: A cross-linguistic approach. Linguistics and Language Compass, 3(1), 19–58.
Norcliffe, E., Harris, A. C., & Jaeger, T. F. (2015). Cross-linguistic psycholinguistics and its critical role in theory development: early beginnings and recent advances. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(9), 1009–1032.