email@example.com, PhD Student, Dokuz Eylül University
This study aims at revealing how non-native speakers of English process garden path sentences when these sentences are presented with and without disambiguated cues such as commas or the insertion of the omitted words in a self-paced reading task. The study provides data on measured time spent for each item in addition to the data that show the choice participants make in terms of the grammaticality of the sentences, and participants’ comprehension of the items. The study also displays how participants parse sentences. Finally, the study explores participants’ perceptions on the most difficult and the easiest items on the task, the strategies they use for the comprehension of GPSs and the relationship between syntax and reading comprehension. The data analysis unveiled striking results on participants’ comprehension of the garden path sentences and the strategies they employ.
comprehension, garden path, parsing, sentence processing, syntactic ambiguity.