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Do sentences with unaccusative verbs involve syntactic movement? Evidence from neuroimaging

Agnew, ZK; van de Koot, H; McGettigan, C; Scott, SK; (2014) Do sentences with unaccusative verbs involve syntactic movement? Evidence from neuroimaging. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience , 29 (9) pp. 1035-1045. 10.1080/23273798.2014.887125. Green open access

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Abstract

This study focuses on the neural processing of English sentences containing unergative, unaccusative and transitive verbs. We demonstrate common responses in bilateral superior temporal gyri in response to listening to sentences containing unaccusative and transitive verbs compared to unergative verbs; we did not detect any activation that was specific to unaccusatives. Our findings indicate that the neural processing of unaccusative and transitive verbs is highly similar, and very different from the processing of unergative verbs. We discuss the consequences of these results for the linguistic analysis of movement phenomena.

Type: Article
Title: Do sentences with unaccusative verbs involve syntactic movement? Evidence from neuroimaging
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2014.887125
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2014.887125
Additional information: © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: anguage, fMRI, syntax, temporal cortex
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1418073
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