Which subject islands will the acceptability of improve with repeated exposure?
Chaves, Rui P.
Dery, Jeruen E.
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Since Chomsky & Miller (1963) and Chomsky (1965), linguists have recognized that a grammatical sentence can be deemed as unacceptable for many extra-grammatical reasons, including memory limitations, context, and stylistic factors. More recently, evidence is mounting that sentences of moderate or even low acceptability can become more acceptable with repeated exposure (Hiramatsu, 1999; Snyder, 2000; Luka & Barsalou, 2005; Francom, 2009; Crawford, 2011a,b), a phenomenon that is sometimes referred to as satiation. In other words, sentence acceptability can increase with repeated exposure. An analogous effect seems to arise in on-line sentence processing. As Braze (2002) and Hofmeister et al. (2013) show, reading times for sentences with low acceptability can decrease with repeated exposure.