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Full Title: Constructions and Language Processing

Location: Vigo (Pontevedra), Spain
Start Date: 28-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017
Contact: David Tizón-Couto
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Meeting Description: Constructions and language processing: Performance-driven constraints on perception and production

Workshop at BICLCE2017 (7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, in Vigo, 28-30 September 2017


David Tizón-Couto (University of Vigo)
David Lorenz (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee University, Seoul)
Yolanda Fernández-Pena (University of Vigo)
Javier Pérez-Guerra (University of Vigo).

There is a growing body of research that addresses language processing from a constructional point of view. For instance, argument structure constructions have been shown to aid the comprehension of denominal verbs (Kaschak and Glenberg 2000) or of general sentence meanings (Bencini and Goldberg 2000), and a range of experimental studies have highlighted the importance of pre-emptive contexts in the perception of a particular construction as ungrammatical (e.g. the attributive adjective construction, cf. Boyd and Goldberg 2011). Constructions have also been shown to affect speech production in several ways. Thus, frequency-driven phonetic reduction is well documented (Jurafsky et al. 2001, Gahl and Garnsey 2004). Furthermore, syntactic priming (Gries 2005), lexical boost (Pickering and Ferreira 2008) and simple relative frequencies (Gries et al. 2005) have an impact on the online performance of ensuing speech or on sentence completion.

Processing has also been dealt with from the perspective of efficiency, i.e. in terms of the linguistic variants that might arise under the pressure of increased processing constraints. Most of these approaches assume that simplicity in one part of the grammar often results in complexity in another (e.g. sentence end weight acting as a trade-off for a long subject constituent). In this vein, Rohdenburg (1996), Hawkins (2004) or Mondorf (2009), among others, account for language variation by posing processing-based psycholinguistic generalizations such as: ‘Complexity Principle’, ‘Minimize Domains’, ‘Maximize Online Processing’, ‘Minimize Forms’, ‘Support Strategies’, etc.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 28.743

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