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This publication argues in favour of cross-linguistic version in sentence processing by way of offering empirical information from ambiguity answer in Greek as L1 and L2. it's maintained that during hugely inflected languages, like Greek, preliminary parsing judgements are decided by means of the interplay of morphological and lexical cues instead of by way of common parsing ideas.

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Sentence processing models for RC attachment preferences SENTENCE PROCESSING MODELS 43 than complex DPs containing non-lexical prepositions. Moreover, a low-attachment preference has been reported cross-linguistically when the second DP is introduced by theta-assigning prepositions. On the other hand, cross-linguistic variation is observed, when non theta-assigning prepositions are involved in the complex DPs. Such findings question not only the universality of parsing strategies like Late Closure but also their general applicability within a certain language.

More recently, Thornton et al. (1998, 1999) have suggested that modifier attachment varies as a function of the particular discourse properties of the nouns involved. More specifically, modifier attachment depends on the degree that the nouns are available for modification; thus, if a DP has received little prior modification, it is a better candidate for additional modification than a DP that has already been extensively modified. This pragmatic information is termed by Thornton et al. ‘modifiability’ and is considered as a universal constraint on attachment preferences.

1997: 312), in the sense that a single structural analysis is constructed in an incremental fashion. , 1997: 312). , 1997: 312). As far as the RC attachment ambiguity is concerned, the Head Attachment model predicts a low-attachment preference for the RC, because the only strategy that operates in the case of RC-attachment ambiguity is the most Recent Head Attachment principle. The Head Attachment principle does not differentiate between the two DPs that precede the RC, since both DPs include lexical heads encountered before the RC is processed, thus equally available hosts for the RC.

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