Novel ERP Evidence for Processing Differences Between Negative and Positive Polarity Items in German

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dc.contributor.authorLiu, Mingya
dc.contributor.authorKoenig, Peter
dc.contributor.authorMueller, Jutta L.
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:12:17Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:12:17Z-
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn16641078
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/10136-
dc.description.abstractOne unresolved question about polarity sensitivity in theoretical linguistics concerns whether and to what extent negative and positive polarity items are parallel. Using event-related brain potentials (ERPs), previous studies found N400 and/or P600 components for negative and positive polarity violations with inconsistent results. We report on an ERP study of German polarity items. Both negative and positive polarity violations elicited biphasic N400/P600 effects relative to correct polarity conditions. Furthermore, negative polarity violations elicited a P600-only effect relative to positive polarity violations. The lack of a graded N400 effect indicates that both kinds of violations involve similar semantic processing costs. We attribute the increase in P600 amplitude of negative polarity violations relative to positive polarity violations to their different nature: the former are syntactic anomalies triggering structural reanalysis, whereas the latter are pragmatic oddities inducing discourse reanalysis. We conclude that negative and positive polarity violations involve at least partly distinct mechanisms.
dc.description.sponsorshipGerman Research FoundationGerman Research Foundation (DFG) [LI 2938/1-1]; Osnabruck University; This work has been supported by a grant from the German Research Foundation to ML's project ``The Semantics and Pragmatics of Conditional Connectives: Cross-linguistic and experimental Perspectives'' (Grant number: LI 2938/1-1). Furthermore, it received financial support from Osnabruck University.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
dc.relation.ispartofFRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
dc.subjectCOMPLEXITY
dc.subjectCOMPONENT
dc.subjectDYNAMICS
dc.subjectERP
dc.subjectGerman
dc.subjectINFORMATION
dc.subjectINTEGRATION
dc.subjectLANGUAGE COMPREHENSION
dc.subjectMODULATION
dc.subjectN400
dc.subjectnegation
dc.subjectP600
dc.subjectpolarity item
dc.subjectpragmatics-related P600
dc.subjectPRESUPPOSITION
dc.subjectPsychology
dc.subjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
dc.subjectsyntax-related P600
dc.titleNovel ERP Evidence for Processing Differences Between Negative and Positive Polarity Items in German
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00376
dc.identifier.isiISI:000460412900001
dc.description.volume10
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0003-3654-5267
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-5463-9585
dc.contributor.researcheridABB-2380-2020
dc.contributor.researcheridABC-1954-2020
dc.publisher.placeAVENUE DU TRIBUNAL FEDERAL 34, LAUSANNE, CH-1015, SWITZERLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationFront. Psychol.
dcterms.oaStatusGreen Published, gold
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Kognitionswissenschaft-
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Kognitionswissenschaft-
crisitem.author.deptFB 05 - Biologie/Chemie-
crisitem.author.deptidinstitute28-
crisitem.author.deptidinstitute28-
crisitem.author.deptidfb05-
crisitem.author.orcid0000-0003-3654-5267-
crisitem.author.parentorgFB 08 - Humanwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.parentorgFB 08 - Humanwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.grandparentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.grandparentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidLiMi738-
crisitem.author.netidKoPe298-
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