Miki Obata, Richard Lewis, Samuel Epstein, Brian Bartek and Julie Boland presented their paper “Featural analysis and working memory retrieval in on-line parsing: Evidence for syntactic, but not phonological, similarity-based retrieval interference” at NELS 41 in Philadelphia last October.

Short Abstract (full abstract here)


The rapid and incremental processing of linguistic input imposes a functional requirement for a working memory of the partially structured and interpreted input heard or seen thus far. How these working memory functions are realized, and how they are constrained, remain central issues in psycholinguistic theory. We present here new empirical results from an on-line reading task that provide clear evidence for intra-sentential proactive interference that is sensitive to the overlap of syntactic features, but not phonological features.