Prediction during language processing is a piece of cake – but only for skilled producers
Mani, N., & Huettig, F.
(2012). Prediction during language processing is a piece of cake – but only for skilled producers
. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing [AMLaP 2012], Riva del Garda, Italy.
Adults orient towards an image of a cake upon hearing sentences such as “The boy will eat the cake” even before hearing the word cake, i.e., soon after they hear the verb EAT (Kamide et al., 2003). This finding has been taken to suggest that verb processing includes prediction of nouns that qualify as arguments for these verbs. Upon hearing the verb EAT, adults and young children (three- to ten-year-olds; Borovsky et al., in press) anticipate upcoming linguistic input in keeping
with this verb’s selectional restrictions and use this to orient towards images of thematically appropriate arguments.