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The limitations of structural priming are not the limits of linguistic theory

  • David Adger (a1)
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Structural priming is a useful technique for testing the predictions of linguistic theories, but one cannot conclude anything definitively about the shape of those theories from any particular methodology.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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