Schlenter, Judith ORCID: 0000-0001-8676-6629, Esaulova, Yulia, Dolscheid, Sarah ORCID: 0000-0001-9104-6386 and Penke, Martina ORCID: 0000-0003-4686-7673 (2022). Ambiguity in case marking does not affect the description of transitive events in German: evidence from sentence production and eye-tracking. Language, cognition and neuroscience. Taylor & Francis. ISSN 2327-3798

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The current study examined how German speakers described a scene where an agent acts upon a patient when the patient of the event was cued (a red dot preceding the patient, Experiment 1 vs. preview of the patient, Experiment 2). Prior research has shown that effects of attention manipulation on syntactic choice display cross-linguistic variation with notable differences between languages that have morphological case marking on noun phrases and English that lacks such marking. Since in German nominative subject case and accusative object case are unambiguously marked on masculine nouns but not on feminine nouns, it provides the ideal testing ground to investigate how case marking affects sentence production. Our results did not reveal any effect of case marking although the different types of attention manipulation were effective. Moreover, the eye-gaze data revealed that German speakers applied the same sentence-planning strategy for both masculine nouns (unambiguous) and feminine nouns (ambiguous).

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-547099
DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2022.2026419
Journal or Publication Title: Language, cognition and neuroscience
Date: 2022
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2327-3798
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Divisions: Collaborative Research Centers > CRC 1252: Prominence in Language > TP B06
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
sentence production, visual cueing, eye-tracking, morphological case marking, non-canonical sentences, passive voiceEnglish
Funders: DFG
Projects: Prominence in language production and acquisition
Refereed: Yes


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