Syntactic priming in language production
Journal/Book: Trends Cogn Sci. 1999; 3: the Boulevard Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford Ox5 1GB, Oxon, England. Elsevier Sci Ltd. 136-141.
Abstract: People have a tendency to repeat the types of sentences they use during language production. Recent experimental work has shown that this phenomenon is at least partly due to 'syntactic priming', whereby the act of processing an utterance with a particular form facilitates processing a subsequent utterance with the same or a related form. In this review, we first provide an overview of the evidence for syntactic priming. The review will then explore the implications of this research for three different areas of language theory: the possible functional significance of syntactic priming in coordinating speakers during dialogue, the mechanisms underlying sentence production, and the nature of linguistic representation.
Note: Review Pickering MJ, Univ Glasgow, Dept Psychol, Human Commun Res Ctr, Florentine House, 53 Hillhead St, Glasgow G12 8QF, Lanark, SCOTLAND
Keyword(s): SENTENCE PRODUCTION; EMPTY CATEGORIES; LEMMA RETRIEVAL; CONVERSATION; COORDINATION; REPRESENTATION; FACILITATION; PERSISTENCE; SPEAKING; DIALOG