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Speakers' errors in the use of the 'count form' in Bulgarian numeral phrases : possible sources of the distance effect
Penka Stateva, Julie Franck, Arthur Stepanov, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: In Bulgarian, numerals such as pet ('five') assign a special 'count form' feature to the noun: this assignment takes place across any number of intervening modifier phrases, thus forming a long-distance syntactic dependency. In colloquial speech, speakers often erroneously substitute the count form for regular plurals. Previous corpus and psycholinguistic research established that the ratio of such errors correlates with the distance between numeral and the noun in terms of the number of intervening items. In this note we briefly review this line of inquiry and outline two possible explanations for the distance effect: (i) the cost of maintaining and/or retrieving the numeral in the working memory, and (ii) cumulative activation of the plural markings on the intervening adjectivals.
Keywords: numeral, syntactic dependency, language processing, working memory, activation, Bulgarian
Published in RUNG: 12.02.2024; Views: 451; Downloads: 3
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A psycholinguistic perspective on feature assignment in Bulgarian and Russian numeral phrases : lecture at the international conference Language, culture and identity: manifestations, transformations and interplay, 26 June 2023, University of Ruse, Bulgaria
Penka Stateva, 2023, unpublished conference contribution

Abstract: The goal of this talk is to present results from investigating patterns of agreement processing in Bulgarian and Russian Numeral phrases. We address the following research questions: i) How does the rich surface morphology in languages like Bulgarian and Russian facilitate the retrieval of assigned morpho-syntactic features? ii) Does (linear) distance affect processing of number agreement?
Keywords: agreement vs feature assignment, numeral phrase Russian, Bulgarian
Published in RUNG: 28.06.2023; Views: 924; Downloads: 0
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Experimental syntax and Slavic languages
Arthur Stepanov, 2021, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Abstract: The chapter reviews a number of empirical domains that recently came into the focus of research in Slavic experimental syntax, including island phenomena, syntactic Superiority effects, various types of agreement, word order, and scope interaction, among others. This research mostly relies on sentence acceptability experiments applied across larger pools of participants, but the chapter also reviews selected studies using related experimental methods (e.g. elicited production and sentence–picture verification). The chapter concludes by identifying a number of conceptual issues in syntactic theory, for which we believe Slavic experimental syntax has a potential to make a particularly strong contribution.
Keywords: experimental syntax, Slavic language, syntactic island, unaccusativity, information structure, superiority effect, case matching, agreement, numeral phrase
Published in RUNG: 20.12.2021; Views: 1903; Downloads: 15
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Countability, agreement and the loss of the dual in Russian
Arthur Stepanov, Penka Stateva, 2018, original scientific article

Keywords: agreement, atomicity, classifier, countability, dual number, numeral, Russian, Bulgarian
Published in RUNG: 21.03.2018; Views: 3921; Downloads: 0
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Countability and the structure of numeral-based QPs
Arthur Stepanov, Penka Stateva, unpublished invited conference lecture

Keywords: countability, atomicity, numeral, agreement, dual number, classifier, russian, morphology, syntax, semantics
Published in RUNG: 07.02.2018; Views: 3890; Downloads: 0
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