Cross-linguistic investigation of argument structure Lecture 1 : controlled speech production Elisabeth Verhoeven

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Lecture 1. Controlled speech production / Mardi 05 septembre – 16h à 18h – salle Gris, sous-sol bât. B


Controlled speech production is a means to observe speakers’ behavior under identical conditions. A sentence formation study on German, Greek, Chinese, and Turkish shows that only the two former languages display psych effects on the linearization with transitive experiencer-object verbs, while the two latter languages do not provide evidence for an exceptional behavior at the syntactic level (Verhoeven 2014). Methodological issues: sampling for cross-linguistic experiments; statistical comparisons between languages with generalized mixed-linear models.

Suggestions for Reading

Jaeger, F.T. & Norcliffe, E. J. 2009. The cross-linguistic study of sentence production. Language and Linguistics Compass 3:866-887. (

Verhoeven, E. 2014. Thematic prominence and animacy asymmetries. Evidence from a cross-linguistic production study. Lingua 143, 129-161.


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