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ERIC Number: EJ1168152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
Anaphoric Islands and Anaphoric Forms: The Role of Explicit and Implicit Focus
Garnham, Alan; Oakhill, Jane; Reynolds, David
Discourse Processes: A multidisciplinary journal, v55 n2 p197-205 2018
Two experiments are reported in which people resolve references to sets of entities (e.g., lies) that have previously been introduced either explicitly into a text ("the lies") or implicitly via a cognate verb (a form of the verb "to lie"). Previous work has show that pronominal references to such entities were judged as relatively unacceptable and required longer judgement times when judgements were positive compared with cases in which the antecedent was explicit. This finding suggests that the inference from the activity of lying to a set of lies is made in the backward direction. New results show a different pattern, with no penalty in either times or acceptability judgements for the implicit case. The results are discussed in terms of hypotheses about reference processing and the notion of the centrality of an antecedent in a scenario.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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