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Title:Speakers' errors in the use of the 'count form' in Bulgarian numeral phrases : possible sources of the distance effect
Authors:ID Stateva, Penka (Author)
ID Franck, Julie (Author)
ID Stepanov, Arthur (Author)
Work type:Unknown
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
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
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Publication date:01.01.2023
Year of publishing:2023
Number of pages:str. 1-10
Numbering:Year 4, issue 4
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-8848 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:184792323 New window
ISSN on article:2603-3291
Publication date in RUNG:12.02.2024
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Record is a part of a journal

Title:Journal of Applied Linguistic and Intercultural Studies
Shortened title:J. Appl. Linguist. Intercult. Stud.
Publisher:Angel Kanchev University of Ruse
COBISS.SI-ID:184787715 New window

Document is financed by a project

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:N6-0156
Name:Več kot ujemanje: kako govorci dodeljujejo skladenjske lastnosti v realnem času