Paper: Parallelism In Coordination As An Instance Of Syntactic Priming: Evidence From Corpus-Based Modeling

ACL ID H05-1104
Title Parallelism In Coordination As An Instance Of Syntactic Priming: Evidence From Corpus-Based Modeling
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2005
Authors

Experimental research in psycholinguis- tics has demonstrated a parallelism effect in coordination: speakers are faster at pro- cessing the second conjunct of a coordi- nate structure if it has the same internal structure as the first conjunct. We show that this phenomenon can be explained by the prevalence of parallel structures in cor- pus data. We demonstrate that parallelism is not limited to coordination, but also ap- plies to arbitrary syntactic configurations, and even to documents. This indicates that the parallelism effect is an instance of a general syntactic priming mechanism in human language processing.