Anticipating the garden path: The horse raced past the barn ate the cake [chapter]

Gerry T. M. Altmann
2013 Language Down the Garden Path  
In 1970, the Beatles disbanded, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty went into effect, the first jumbo jet went into service, the US became environmentally conscious (the Environmental Protection Agency was born), Simon and Garfunkel released Bridge over Troubled Water, Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Thomas G. Bever published The Cognitive Basis for Linguistic Structures. This was a lot to deal with for a ten-year old boy struggling with his maths homework.
more » ... ths homework. Shameful as it might seem (after all, the breakup of the Beatles was important), only one of these events had a traceable influence on that 10-year old's life. This chapter is an autobiographical account of that influence; it is a 1 st person perspective on how the field of psycholinguistics, as seen by that developing 10-yr old, did itself develop.
doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677139.003.0003 fatcat:shfvhbslivaipf4ovy4de6c22u