Variables and Events in the Syntax of Agrammatic Speech

Saddy J.D. (1995) Variables and Events in the Syntax of Agrammatic Speech. Brain and Language, 50 2: 135-150. doi:10.1006/brln.1995.1043

Author Saddy J.D.
Title Variables and Events in the Syntax of Agrammatic Speech
Journal name Brain and Language   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0093-934X
Publication date 1995-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1006/brln.1995.1043
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 50
Issue 2
Start page 135
End page 150
Total pages 16
Language eng
Subject 3616 Speech and Hearing
3310 Linguistics and Language
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
1203 Design Practice and Management
3206 Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
2800 Neuroscience
Abstract This paper examines aggrammatics′ interpretation of quantificationally ambiguous sentences. Although agrammatics are capable of recognizing quantificational ambiguities, they ascribe nonstandard entailments to those sentences involving universal quantification. Since quantificational ambiguity arises from movement of quantifiers at LF, doubt is cast on accounts of agrammatic behavior that rely on an inability to interpret moved constituents. Furthermore, the agrammatics are seen to improve in their thematic interpretation of arguments in reversible passive constructions and relatives if one of the arguments is universally quantified. The nonstandard entailments and improved performance on passive and relatives are accounted for via an elaboration of event semantics in which we propose that the agrammatic treats the event variable associated with a verb as nominal.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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