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Submariners surface in Frontiers

Now in Frontiers in Psychology, Processing Implicit Control by Mike McCourt, Jeffrey Green, Ellen Lau and Alexander Williams. This paper is about implicit control of reason clauses, the sort of anaphoric dependency we intend when we use "The ship was sunk (and the reason was) to collect the insurance" to mean that the sinker was the intended collector. Based on four reading time studies, the paper argues that, contrary to earlier claims, there is as yet no psycholinguistic evidence for the standard analysis of such anaphora, which treats it as binding of PRO by a silent argument in the passive, and that there are good motives to pursue a pragmatic alternative.