ワーキングメモリ容量が前置詞句を含む文処理過程に及ぼす影響について : 日本人英語学習者を対象にした実証研究
The Contribution of Working Memory Capacity to Processing Sentences with Prepositional Phrases for Japanese EFL Learners

Hiroshi NAKANISHI
2012 Zenkoku Eigo Kyoiku Gakkai kiyo  
This research addresses whether Working Memory (WM) capacity influences syntactic parsing strategies by using temporarily ambjguous prepositional phrases (such as "The boy read the book on the chair instead ofthe other books."). We used fbur types ofexperimerrtal sentenoes: mmimal attaclment and non-minimal attachment sentences, and two versions of medificand-prepositional phiase distance (i.e., short and leng versions), The results showed that Japanese EFL leamers, as wel] as Ll readers, find
more » ... ow non-minimal attached sentences more difficult to process than they do minimal attachnent sentenees. On the other hand, the length of the distance between the modificand and prepositional phrases does not affect processing perfbmiance, It was also fbund that the participants with a large WM capacity perfbrmed better than those with a small WM capacity, but they show the preference for minimal attachment regardless of wu capacity, This suggests that Japanese EFL learners, in the ptocessing of temporarily ambiguous sentences with prepositional phrases, fo11ow the Minimal Attachrnent Strategy regardless of WM capacity,
doi:10.20581/arele.23.0_281 fatcat:cmahqbkcefc4pkxm4v7redm6vm