The role of structure in coreference assignment during sentence comprehension.

Janet L Nicol, D. Swinney

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Abstract

This paper examines the role of syntactic constraints on the reactivation and assignment of antecedents to explicit and implicit anaphoric elements during sentence comprehension. Evidence from on-line studies examining the time course of coreference processing supports the view that reactivation of potential antecedents is restricted by grammatical constraints when they are available. When structural information cannot serve to constrain antecedent selection, then pragmatic information may play a role, but only at a later point in processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-19
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Volume18
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

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comprehension
pragmatics
evidence
Sentence Comprehension
Coreference
Assignment
Reactivation
time
Time Course
Pragmatic Information
Anaphoric
Syntactic Constraints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

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The role of structure in coreference assignment during sentence comprehension. / Nicol, Janet L; Swinney, D.

In: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Vol. 18, No. 1, 01.1989, p. 5-19.

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