Visiting scholar seminar "Structure building in speaking"
Structure building in speaking
University of California, San Diego
Speakers need to build syntactic structure so they can avoid producing gibberish or ungrammatical sentences. But how speakers do so remains poorly understood. In this talk, I introduce our recent series of studies on how speakers build sentence structures, discussing how key phenomena in syntax, like argument structure, movement, and binding, are realized in speaking. Building on experimental results, I introduce a preliminary model of structure building in speaking, which I argue can also be used to capture syntactic processes in comprehension. This model of a shared structure-building mechanism for both comprehension and production aims to contribute to the broader goal of understanding the relationship between syntactic knowledge and syntactic processes.