Speech Prosody 2014

Implicit prosodic priming and autistic traits in relative clause attachment

Sun-Ah Jun and Jason Bishop
Using the structural priming paradigm, the present study explores predictions made by the Implicit Prosody Hypothesis (Fodor 1998) by testing whether an implicit prosodic boundary generated from a silently read sentence influences attachment preference for a novel, subsequently read sentence. Results indicate that such priming does occur, although the patterns are highly dependent on individual differences in listeners’ “autistic” traits.