A Minimalist Parsing Account of Attachment Ambiguity in English and Korean

Volume 19
Issue 3
So Young Lee
This paper investigates whether attachment ambiguity preference attested in
psycholinguistic literature can be correctly predicted, utilizing memory based
metrics developed by Graf et al. (2017). Two different types of attachment
ambiguity in Korean, the dative argument attachment ambiguity and the relative
clause attachment ambiguity, are mainly tested. Furthermore, in order to examine
whether the Minimalist Grammar Parsing Model can predict the broad human
sentence processing effects, the work in the previous literature in Graf et al.
(2017) were tested together. While none of the single metrics made the correct
predictions, the combination of metrics based on tenure and size could predict the
preferences of all different kinds of constructions reported in psycholinguistic
studies. This suggests that human sentence processing effect cannot be
understood by a single element. The well-selected metrics in this paper can tell us
what kind of structural complexity are related to processing sentences.