Some syntactic determinants of sentential complexity, II: Verb structure

J. A. Fodor, M. Garrett, T. G. Bever

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The effect of the lexical complexity of verbs on the processing of sentences was evaluated in two experiments. Verb complexity was indexed by the number of types of grammatical structure a verb permits (e.g., a verb may be transitive or intransitive and may permit various types of complement structures). Ss' performances in paraphrasing sentences and in solving anagrams containing complex verbs were significantly poorer than their performances with the same sentences and anagrams containing less complex verbs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-461
Number of pages9
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1968

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)


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