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Table 1. 

Stimuli Examples and Parameters for Each Sentence Type

Sentence Type (Example)
Naturalness/Plausibility of Entire Sentence
LSA: At Point of CN
Cloze Probability of CN
No. Letters of Verb
Frequency of Verb
Noncoerced 
The journalist wrote the article before his coffee break. 3.8 (0.5) 0.17 (0.14) 0.14 (0.27) 6.3 (1.7) 59.4 (109.05) 
 
Coerced 
The journalist began the article before his coffee break. 3.8 (0.6) 0.14 (0.10) 0.06 (0.15) 7.0 (1.6) 102.5 (95.79) 
 
Animacy Violated 
The journalist astonished the article before his coffee break. N/A 0.12 (0.10) – 7.8 (1.3) 15.7 (17.64) 
Sentence Type (Example)
Naturalness/Plausibility of Entire Sentence
LSA: At Point of CN
Cloze Probability of CN
No. Letters of Verb
Frequency of Verb
Noncoerced 
The journalist wrote the article before his coffee break. 3.8 (0.5) 0.17 (0.14) 0.14 (0.27) 6.3 (1.7) 59.4 (109.05) 
 
Coerced 
The journalist began the article before his coffee break. 3.8 (0.6) 0.14 (0.10) 0.06 (0.15) 7.0 (1.6) 102.5 (95.79) 
 
Animacy Violated 
The journalist astonished the article before his coffee break. N/A 0.12 (0.10) – 7.8 (1.3) 15.7 (17.64) 

Data are presented as mean (SD). In the examples of each sentence type, the verb is shown in italics and the critical complement NP (to which ERPs were measured) is underlined. CN = complement noun.

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