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Is anaphoric reference cooperative?
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
School of Psychology , University of Dundee , Dundee , UK.
2015 (English)In: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, ISSN 1747-0218, E-ISSN 1747-0226, Vol. 69, no 6, 1109-1128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Two experiments investigated whether the choice of anaphoric expression is affected by the presence of an addressee. Following a context sentence and visual scene, participants described a target scene that required anaphoric reference. They described the scene either to an addressee (Experiment 1) or without an addressee (Experiment 2). When an addressee was present in the task, participants used more pronouns and fewer repeated noun phrases when the referent was the grammatical subject in the context sentence than when it was the grammatical object and they used more pronouns when there was no competitor than when there was. They used fewer pronouns and more repeated noun phrases when a visual competitor was present in the scene than when there was no visual competitor. In the absence of an addressee, linguistic context effects were the same as those when an addressee was present, but the visual effect of the competitor disappeared. We conclude that visual salience effects are due to adjustments that speakers make when they produce reference for an addressee, whereas linguistic salience effects appear whether or not speakers have addressees.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 69, no 6, 1109-1128 p.
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Anaphor, Audience design, Linguistic salience, Visual context
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110787DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2015.1070184PubMedID: 26165163OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-110787DiVA: diva2:865483
Available from: 2015-10-28 Created: 2015-10-28 Last updated: 2016-04-13Bibliographically approved

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