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Considering experimental and observational evidence of priming together, syntax doesn't look so autonomous

  • Nicholas A. Lester (a1), John W. Du Bois (a1), Stefan Th. Gries (a1) and Fermín Moscoso del Prado Martín (a1)


We agree with Branigan & Pickering (B&P) that structural priming experiments should supplant grammaticality judgments for testing linguistic representation. However, B&P overlook a vast (corpus-)linguistic literature that converges with – but extends – the experimental findings. B&P conclude that syntax is functionally independent of the lexicon. We argue that a broader approach to priming reveals cracks in the façade of syntactic autonomy.

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Considering experimental and observational evidence of priming together, syntax doesn't look so autonomous

  • Nicholas A. Lester (a1), John W. Du Bois (a1), Stefan Th. Gries (a1) and Fermín Moscoso del Prado Martín (a1)


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