Volume 20 Number 2 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka


Academic Dishonesty and Achievement Emotions AmongInternational Students in Thailand
Darrin Thomas
D.A.M.S: Introduction to a Disruptive Aging
Paradigm for Strengthening Longevity and
Improving Quality of Life

William C. Andress 

Promoting More English Language Teaching and
Learning in Adventist Organizations 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka, Carol Linda Kingston,
& Sheri Joy Namanya

The Influence of Culture and Access to Health Care Delivery As Predictors of Health Behaviors Among Malaysians of Different Cultural Backgrounds 
Mary Jane Botabara-Yap, Miriam Razon-Estrada,
& Edwin Balila

Teaching Aids in English Language Teaching in Zimbabwe: The Case of Granda District 
Noko Thubelihle & Muchemwa Stella

Faith Presence: How Students Live Faith in
the Online Classroom 

Leni T. Casimiro

Syntactic Analysis Preference: How Filipinos Do withGlobally-Ambiguous Sentences 
Lesley Karen B. Penera

Seven Secrets of Mental Power in
the Writings of Ellen G. White 

Yaroslav Ovdiyenko

Needs Assessment of Senior High School
Mathematics Teachers in Teaching Statistics
and Probability 

Sussette Candelario-Aplaon

The Effects of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education On the English Literacy of Children in
Silang, Philippines 

Sheri Joy C. Namanya

Social Investment Funds and Social Responsibility: Do International Financial Institutions Deserve Special Treatment? 
Christel Arnaud Ngadima & Isaac P. Podah

Appreciative Inquiry of Social Marketing: Studies Between 2000 and 2009 
Innocent Sigauke & Kenneth Swansi

Symptomology of Academic Theft: Does It Matter If Students Steal? 
Ismael N. Talili

Moonlighting as a Growing Phenomenon:
A Case Study of a Congolese Christian University 

Georges Mumbere Kisumano & Safary Wa-Mbaleka


International Forum 
Vol. 20, No. 2
December 2017
Print ISSN : 0119-2000
Online ISSN : 2350-7497


Abstract. Although sentence processing has been amply studied, none focused on Filipinos as processors nor on their syntactic analysis preference. Hence, this qualitative-descriptive study determined whether Filipinos prefer the less computationally-demanding approach in processing isolated globally-ambiguous sentences through the garden-path principles. It also ascertained the significant difference in syntactic analysis preferences between two groups of respondents. Utilizing a ten-item dichotomous researcher-developed questionnaire, 54 university students that were selected through a non-random purposive sampling, participated in the investigation that was conducted at Cebu Technological University-DanaoCampus. The study yields a preference for minimal attachment and the prevalence of late closure in sentence processing among Filipino university students. This provides fresh evidence from respondents of a different language background, substantiating the Garden-PathTheory that sentence processors opt for the simplest syntactic structure for the meaning of isolated, globally-ambiguous sentences.The same findings have valuable pedagogical implication as such could inform English instructors on the use of just the right linguistic structures with students in instances that necessitate the presentation of isolated sentences in order to ensure that effective classroom communication is optimized.


Keywords: globally-ambiguous sentences, Garden-Path Theory, minimal attachment, late closure, syntactic analysis, sentence processing, Filipino university students, qualitative-descriptive


Lesley Karen B. Penera, MELS
Publication Chair
CTU-Danao Campus
Danao City, Philippines

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