David Medeiros at Islands in Contemporary Linguistic Theory conference

By ekeshet
Dec 04, 2011 Bookmark and Share

David Medeiros attended the conference Islands in Contemporary Linguistic Theory at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. He gave a talk titled "The status of wh-islands in Japanese: Evidence from a reaction time paradigm."


The proper treatment of covert wh-movement has presented interesting challenges for generative theorists since Huang's (1982) pioneering work. In this paper, I subject wh-islands in Japanese to experimental testing in both an online reaction time paradigm and an offline grammaticality judgment task with theoretically-naive Japanese speakers. Results suggest that speakers detect no grammatical anomaly in the online task.