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Object Shift and Event-Related Brain Potentials.

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 462-481
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Neurolinguistics
Volym: 20
Nummer: 6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Elsevier Ltd


Object Shift in Swedish is restricted to unstressed pronouns. Sentences where an object pronoun precedes a sentence adverb, such as Han åt den inte ‘(lit.) He ate it not’, are thus well-formed, whereas sentences with a full noun phrase (NP) object preceding a sentence adverb, such as Han åt sylt/sylten inte ‘(lit.) He ate jam/the jam not’, are ill-formed. The neural correlates to violation of this word category restriction were explored using Event-Related Potentials. In the indefinite full NP object condition, there was a posterior negative deflection appearing 200–400 ms after the detection point of the grammatical anomaly, suggesting increased semantic integration cost. It was marginally larger than in the definite condition. A P600 followed the negativity in both full NP object conditions. Furthermore, a subsequent effect, interpreted as a left anterior negativity (LAN), was significant in the indefinite full NP object condition.



  • Psychology
  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • N400
  • object shift
  • P600
  • LAN
  • event-related potentials
  • Swedish


  • Swedish Research Council
  • Grammar, Prosody, Discourse and the Brain. ERP-studies in speech processing
  • ISSN: 0911-6044

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