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The critical sentences appeared in one of three different prime type conditions, a contrastive associate, a novel associate, or an unrelated prime. Focus was either marked by the particle only or unmarked (At the store, she was able to buy only/_ [nails]F /a [bolt]F /a [lamp]F ). Since the discourses were presented visually, the focus particle was the only focus marker (there was no intonational focus marking). Participants hit a space bar if they had finished reading the sentences and at a delay of 250 ms, the target word appeared on the screen (LOCK in all conditions).
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