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Anticipatory processing in a verb-initial Mayan language: eye-tracking evidence during sentence comprehension in Tseltal

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We present a visual world eye-tracking study on Tseltal (a Mayan language) and investigate whether verbal information can be used to anticipate an upcoming referent. Basic word order in transitive sentences in Tseltal is Verb-Object-Subject (VOS). The verb is usually encountered first, making argument structure and syntactic information available at the outset, which should facilitate anticipation of the post-verbal arguments. Tseltal speakers listened to verb-initial sentences with either an...

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10.1111/cogs.13219

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-8646-6474
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Cognitive Science More from this journal
Volume:
47
Issue:
1
Article number:
e13292
Publication date:
2023-01-18
Acceptance date:
2022-09-11
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EISSN:
1551-6709
ISSN:
0364-0213
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1307527
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pubs:1307527
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2022-11-22

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