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Ali Arabmofrad (Corresponding Author), Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Golestan University, Gorgan, Iran. Email: aliarabmofrad@gmail.com
Monire Boudaghi, M.A in ELT, Department of English Language Teaching, Golestan Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Gorgan, Iran. Email: monireboudaghi2014@gmail.com
Omid Mazandarani, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language Teaching, Aliabad Katoul Branch, Islamic Azad University, Aliabad Katoul, Iran. Email: omazandarani@gmail.com
Abstract:   (97 Views)
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in studying how ambiguous sentences are processed in different languages. However, far too little attention has been paid to studying the processing of Persian ambiguous sentences. Therefore, the present study is an attempt to study the processing of transformational ambiguous sentences in Persian in which the main verb refers to either of the preceding noun phrases. The main objective is to find out the attachment preference of Persian speakers when reading such sentences. The presented sentences to the participants were semantically consistent with either high or low attachment resolution. That is, the main verb was referring to either the first noun phrase (NP1) or the second noun phrase (NP2). To investigate the nature of this process, an on-line technique was used. Employing Rapid Serial Visual Processing (RSVP) technique, the reaction times and grammatically judgment of 72 Persian native speakers (37 male and 35 female) who were randomly selected were recorded and analyzed. The results of accuracy of judgments and reaction times indicated that Persian speakers use high attachment strategy for this type of ambiguity. The findings of this study are compatible with the results of previous offline studies on parsing preference of native Persian speakers. It also added that Persian speakers use purely structure-based parsing strategies rather than constrained-based models of sentence processing.
Article number: 2
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2022/02/10 | Accepted: 2022/03/14 | Published: 2022/06/20

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