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ERIC Number: EJ781838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Contextual Override of Pragmatic Anomalies: Evidence from Eye Movements
Filik, Ruth
Cognition, v106 n2 p1038-1046 Feb 2008
Readers typically experience processing difficulty when they encounter a word that is anomalous within the local context, such as "The mouse picked up the "dynamite...". The research reported here demonstrates that by placing a sentence in a fictional scenario that is already well known to the reader (e.g., a "Tom and Jerry" cartoon, as a context for the example sentence above), the difficulty usually associated with these pragmatic anomalies can be immediately eliminated, as reflected in participants' eye movement behaviour. This finding suggests that readers can rapidly integrate information from their common ground, specifically, their cultural knowledge, whilst interpreting incoming text, and provides further evidence that incoming words are immediately integrated within the global discourse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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