What kind of knowledge must speakers possess in order to produce and understand utterances? How is this knowledge organized, and how does it interact with other types of information during sentence processing? My research focuses on how sentence structure is linked to sentence meaning, with specific interest in unbounded dependency constructions, coordination, ellipsis, and linearization. I have specialized in surface-driven, construction-based, non-derivational grammatical frameworks such as HPSG/SBCG, and use corpora and controlled psycholinguistic experimentation to determine the division of labor between syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and cognition in shaping complex phenomena and their exceptions.
I am particularly interested in how probabilistic information
influences sentence processing and acceptability, and how it can
explain apparently idiosyncratic patterns.
- Chaves, R. P. and J. E. Dery (2016) "Reassessing the real-time status of subject island phenomena" Ms. submitted.
- Chaves, R. P. (2016) "Freezing as a
probabilistic phenomenon" In Jutta Hartmann, Marion
Knecht, Andreas Konietzko and Susanne Winkler (eds.) Freezing - Theoretical
Approaches and Empirical Domains, Studies in Generative Grammar series, De
- Chaves, R. P. (2014) "On the disunity of Right-Node
Raising phenomena: extraposition, ellipsis, and deletion"
Language, 90(4), 834–886.
- Chaves, R. P. and J. E. Dery (2014) "Which subject islands will the acceptability of improve with repeated exposure?"
In R. E. Santana-LaBarge (edt), 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics,
pp. 96–106. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
- Chaves, R. P. (2013) "An
expectation-based account of subject islands
and parasitism" Journal of Linguistics, 49(2), pp. 285–327.
- Chaves, R. P. (2012) "On the
grammar of extraction and coordination"
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 30(2), 465–512.
- Chaves, R. P. (2012) "Conjunction, cumulation
and respectively readings" Journal
of Linguistics, 48(2), 297–344.
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