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ERIC Number: EJ782842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0285
Evidence for Serial Coercion: A Time Course Analysis Using the Visual-World Paradigm
Scheepers, Christoph; Keller, Frank; Lapata, Mirella
Cognitive Psychology, v56 n1 p1-29 Feb 2008
Metonymic verbs like "start" or "enjoy" often occur with artifact-denoting complements (e.g., "The artist started the picture") although semantically they require event-denoting complements (e.g., "The artist started painting the picture"). In case of artifact-denoting objects, the complement is assumed to be type shifted (or "coerced") into an event to conform to the verb's semantic restrictions. Psycholinguistic research has provided evidence for this kind of "enriched composition": readers experience processing difficulty when faced with metonymic constructions compared to non-metonymic controls. However, slower reading times for metonymic constructions could also be due to "competition" between multiple interpretations that are being entertained in parallel whenever a metonymic verb is encountered. Using the "visual-world paradigm," we devised an experiment which enabled us to determine the time course of metonymic interpretation in relation to non-metonymic controls. The experiment provided evidence in favor of a non-competitive, serial coercion process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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