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Sentence Processing in East Asian Languages cover

Sentence Processing in East Asian Languages

edited by Mineharu Nakayama

Researchers in the fields of linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and neuro-science have long been interested in the impact of the development of a universal theory of how humans process language. Many believe that the creation of such a theory could possibly assist in the understanding of how the human brain works. For this reason, much research has been performed on sentence processing in English and other Indo-European languages. Yet, East Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean have received little attention.

This volume is the first of its kind to discuss how native speakers of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean process sentences in their native tongues. Although these three languages share similar characteristics, the volume acknowledges and discusses specific issues that are unique to each language. Contributors explore the effects of homophones on lexical ambiguity in Chinese, and investigate the impact of word order on structural ambiguity in Japanese and working memory in Korean. The findings presented have important implications for sentence processing and cognitive processing models, and by extension contribute toward the construction of a universal theory of human language processing.

Mineharu Nakayama is a professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • 1 Timing Issues in Lexical Ambiguity Resolution Kathleen Ahrens
  • 2 Resolution Reanalysis Ambiguity in Japanese Relative Clauses Yuki Hirose
  • 3 The Nature of Categorical Ambiguity and Its Implications for Languages Processing Chu-Ren Huang, Chao-Jan Chen and Claude C.C. Shen
  • 4 Syntactic and Positional Similarity Effects in the Processing of Japanese Embeddings Richard L. Lewis and Mineharu Nakayama
  • 5 Lexical Ambiguity in Sentence Processing Ping Li, Hua Shu, Michael Yip, Yaxu Zhang, and Yinghong Tang
  • 6 Costs of Scrambling in Japanese Sentence Processing Reiko Mazuka, Kenji Itoh, and Tadahisa Kondo
  • 7 Sources of Difficulty in Processing Scrambling in Japanese Edison T. Miyamoto and Shoichi Takahashi
  • 8 Processing Filler-gap Constructions in Japanese Tsutomu Sakamoto
  • 9 Effects of Accentual Phrasing on Adjective Interpretation Amy J. Schafer and Sun-Ah Jun
  • 10 Center-embedding Problems and the Contribution Nominative Case Repetition Keiko Uehara and Dianne C. Bradley
  • Subject Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575863081 (9781575863085)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575863073 (9781575863078)

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