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ERIC Number: EJ1141498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
The Impact of World Knowledge on the Processing of Mandarin Possessive Reflexive "Zijide"
Li, Rui; Zhang, Zhiyi; Ni, Chuanbin
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v46 n3 p597-615 Jun 2017
It has long been considered that the Mandarin possessive reflexive "zijide" can be either locally bound or long distance bound, leading to ambiguity where it fails to exclusively refer back to either long distance binding NP or the local NP. In addition to syntactic factors such as the local versus long distance division, the present study examined the potential influence of general world knowledge on the interpretation of "zijide." Three experiments, two offline sentence evaluation tasks and one online sentence reading task, found that "zijide" could be either facilitated or impeded by world knowledge carried in the NPs of the sentence. The results showed that in some cases, "zijide" was considered exclusively referring back to the long distance NP. These findings seemed to support the notion of subject orientation effect and demonstrated the influence of world knowledge on the processing of Mandarin possessive reflexive "zijide."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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