Dillon, Chow, Wagers, Guo, Liu and Phillips: now out in Frontiers in Psychology
Just published, "The structure-sensitivity of memory access: evidence from Mandarin Chinese", by Brian, Wing Yee, Matt, and Colin – a big family of Maryland psycholinguists! – with Taomei Guo and Fengqin Liu from Beijing Normal University. The paper, which is based largely on work Brian and Wing Yee did at Maryland and in China as students, examines the processing of the Mandarin Chinese long-distance reflexive ziji. It evaluates the role that syntactic structure plays in the memory retrieval operations that support sentence comprehension, using the multiple-response speed-accuracy tradeoff (MR-SAT) paradigm. The results suggest that not all locality effects may be reduced to the effects of temporal decay and retrieval interference.