[2017] 4th session Jiwon Yun (Stony Brook Univ.), Time: 2017-06-12, 05:00 PM

4th session

– Jiwon Yun (Stony Brook Univ.)
– Illusion of grammaticality in NPI processing
– Time: 2017-06-12, 05:00 PM
– Place: #4 B302
– Abstract: A growing number of studies report illusive licensing effects of negative polarity items (NPIs) in online processing, which provides important insights on the linguistic properties of NPIs as well as the human language processing mechanisms. However, most of the previous studies have been limited to certain languages (i.e., English and German). Moreover, the potential influence of prosody on NPI illusions has not yet been investigated. This study explores the case of Korean to see whether it exhibits NPI licensing illusions, and if so, whether the licensing pattern can be affected by prosody. The experimental results suggest the following: (i) Illusive licensing of NPIs does occur in Korean. (ii) The effect can manifest even in offline judgments. (iii) Adding prosodic information can help avoid NPI licensing illusions.