Mismatching meanings in brain and behavior

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Natural language interpretation is generally thought to be compositional, that is, the meanings of expressions are a function of the meanings of their parts and of the way the parts are syntactically combined. Theories of the syntax-semantics interface aim to articulate the details of this function. This article discusses a new research program in which psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic experiments on so-called syntax-semantics mismatches are used to elucidate the mechanisms that mediate between structure and meaning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-738
Number of pages27
JournalLinguistics and Language Compass
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language


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