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ERIC Number: EJ1135223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Co-Referential Processing of Pronouns and Repeated Names in Italian
de Carvalho Maia, Jefferson; Vernice, Mirta; Gelormini-Lezama, Carlos; Lima, Maria Luiza Cunha; Almor, Amit
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v46 n2 p497-506 Apr 2017
In this study, we investigate whether co-referential processing across sentence boundaries is driven by universal properties of the general architecture of memory systems and whether cross-linguistic differences concerning the number of anaphoric forms available in a language's referential inventory can impact the process of inter-sentential co-reference resolution. As a window into these questions, we test whether the repeated-name penalty (RNP) and the overt-pronoun penalty (OPP)--comprehension delays associated with repeated names and overt pronouns, respectively, in comparison to more reduced anaphoric forms in reference to salient antecedents--occur in Italian, examining the extent to which Italian resembles other null-subject languages, with focus on Spanish. Our self-paced reading experiment with factors Antecedent (Subject, Object) and Anaphor (Null Pronoun, Overt Pronoun, Repeated Name) found that Italian exhibits both an OPP and a (weaker) RNP, extending previous research that showed these effects in Spanish and strengthening the claim that co-reference resolution might be subject to universal principles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: BCS0822617; R21AG030445