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ERIC Number: EJ1032891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 24
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ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Logical Metonymy Resolution in a Words-as-Cues Framework: Evidence from Self-Paced Reading and Probe Recognition
Zarcone, Alessandra; Padó, Sebastian; Lenci, Alessandro
Cognitive Science, v38 n5 p973-996 Jun 2014
Logical metonymy resolution ("begin a book" ? "begin reading a book" or "begin writing a book") has traditionally been explained either through complex lexical entries (qualia structures) or through the integration of the implicit event via post-lexical access to world knowledge. We propose that recent work within the words-as-cues paradigm can provide a more dynamic model of logical metonymy, accounting for early and dynamic integration of complex event information depending on previous contextual cues (agent and patient). We first present a self-paced reading experiment on German subordinate sentences, where metonymic sentences and their paraphrased version differ only in the presence or absence of the clause-final target verb ("Der Konditor begann die Glasur" ? "Der Konditor begann", "die Glasur aufzutragen/The baker began the icing" ? "The baker began spreading the icing"). Longer reading times at the target verb position in a high-typicality condition ("baker + icing" ? "spread" ) compared to a low-typicality (but still plausible) condition ("child + icing" ? "spread") suggest that we make use of knowledge activated by lexical cues to build expectations about events. The early and dynamic integration of event knowledge in metonymy interpretation is bolstered by further evidence from a second experiment using the probe recognition paradigm. Presenting covert events as probes following a high-typicality or a low-typicality metonymic sentence ("Der Konditor begann die Glasur" ? "AUFTRAGEN/The baker began the icing" ? "SPREAD"), we obtain an analogous effect of typicality at 100 ms interstimulus interval.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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