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Event-duration semantics in online sentence processing

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Thiago Oliveira da Motta Sampaio ; Aniela Improta França
Total Authors: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Letras de Hoje; v. 53, n. 1, p. -, Mar. 2018.

Abstract: Several experiments in Psycholinguistics found evidences of Iterative Coercion, an effect related to the reanalysis of punctual events used in durative contexts triggering an iterative meaning. We argue that this effect is not related to aspectual features, and that event-duration semantics is accessed during Sentence Processing. We ran a self-paced reading experiment in Brazilian Portuguese whose sentences contain events with an average duration of a few minutes. These sentences were inserted in durative contexts that became the experiment's conditions following a Latin Square design: control condition (minutes), subtractive (seconds), iterative (hours) and habitual (days). Higher RTs were measured at the critical segments of all experimental conditions, except for the habitual context. The results corroborated our hypothesis while defying the psychological reality of habitual coercion. To better observe the habitual coercion condition, we now present a reanalysis of Sampaio et al. (2014) data. The present analysis confirms the results of our tests. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/13920-9 - Time Perception and Sentence Processing: Research on the recent models of Aspectual Coercion / Temporal Coercion
Grantee:Thiago Oliveira da Motta Sampaio
Support type: Regular Research Grants