Do Listeners Learn Speaker/Accent-Specific Syntactic Biases?


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Temporary ambiguities can occur when a verb phrase can plausibly attach high or low, e.g.,The uncle of the girl who will ride the carousel is…, where ride the carousel can attach high (The uncle) or low (the girl). Kamide (2012) showed that listeners may learn individuals’ attachment biases (high/low) from exposure and use the newly-learned speaker-specific biases to resolve ambiguities. We test i...


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