Grammatical Encoding

Victor S. Ferreira and L. Robert Slevc

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780198568971
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
 Grammatical Encoding

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This article describes the state of the field since the most recent prominent reviews of grammatical encoding were published about a dozen years ago. It discusses a consensus view of the general architecture of grammatical encoding. This consensus holds that grammatical encoding consists of two component sets of sub-processes, one which deals with content and another which deals with structure. Each set of sub-processes proceeds through two phases or stages, the first involving selection and the second involving retrieval. The article also examines the “incrementality” or “scope” of grammatical encoding, as well as the factors that influence syntactic choice. Finally, it looks forward to emerging debates in the field that are likely to receive increased attention in the coming years, largely due to the confluence of their central questions with other prominent and topical issues in cognitive science. These debates concern the relationship between grammatical encoding and eye movements, working memory, language disorders, and dialogue.

Keywords: grammatical encoding; content; structure; selection; retrieval; incrementality; eye movements; working memory; language disorders; dialogue

Article.  12307 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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