Paper: A Finite-State Model Of Human Sentence Processing

ACL ID P06-1007
Title A Finite-State Model Of Human Sentence Processing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2006

It has previously been assumed in the psycholinguistic literature that finite-state models of language are crucially limited in their explanatory power by the local- ity of the probability distribution and the narrow scope of information used by the model. We show that a simple computa- tional model (a bigram part-of-speech tag- ger based on the design used by Corley and Crocker (2000)) makes correct predic- tions on processing difficulty observed in a wide range of empirical sentence process- ing data. We use two modes of evaluation: one that relies on comparison with a con- trol sentence, paralleling practice in hu- man studies; another that measures prob- ability drop in the disambiguating region of the sentence. Both are surprisingly good indicators of the processing difficulty of gard...