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dc.creatorCowart, Wayne
dc.identifier.citationWorking Papers in Linguistics, no. 38 (1990), 54-66.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0473-9604 (print)
dc.description.abstractFour experiments examine the interaction between extraction and specificity in picture NPs. The results indicate that the acceptability judgements of naive speakers show highly robust patterns that do not conform well to widely held assumptions about the relative acceptability of several theoretically important kinds of sentence. There is also evidence that the difference between argument and non-argument extractions has a marked impact on acceptability (though no such acceptability difference has figured in linguistic theory). Further, the paper argues that there are circumstances in which ungrammatical sentences may be rendered acceptable via the intrusion of extragrammatical mechanisms in comprehension. Thus, the acceptability of these sentences is 'illicit'.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe work reported in this paper was supported in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (1 R01 NS22606-01).en_US
dc.publisherOhio State University. Department of Linguisticsen_US
dc.rightsThis object is protected by copyright, and is made available here for research and educational purposes. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce the object beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder.en_US
dc.titleIllicit Acceptability in picture NPsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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