Paper: An Analysis of Frequency- and Memory-Based Processing Costs

ACL ID N13-1010
Title An Analysis of Frequency- and Memory-Based Processing Costs
Venue Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2013
Authors

The frequency of words and syntactic con- structions has been observed to have a sub- stantial effect on language processing. This begs the question of what causes certain con- structions to be more or less frequent. A the- ory of grounding (Phillips, 2010) would sug- gest that cognitive limitations might cause lan- guages to develop frequent constructions in such a way as to avoid processing costs. This paper studies how current theories of working memory fit into theories of language process- ing and what influence memory limitations may have over reading times. Measures of such limitations are evaluated on eye-tracking data and the results are compared with predic- tions made by different theories of processing.