ERIC Number: EJ792577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
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Addressees Distinguish Shared from Private Information when Interpreting Questions during Interactive Conversation
Brown-Schmidt, Sarah; Gunlogson, Christine; Tanenhaus, Michael K.
Cognition, v107 n3 p1122-1134 Jun 2008
Two experiments examined the role of common ground in the production and on-line interpretation of wh-questions such as "What's above the cow with shoes?" Experiment 1 examined unscripted conversation, and found that speakers consistently use wh-questions to inquire about information known only to the addressee. Addressees were sensitive to this tendency, and quickly directed attention toward private entities when interpreting these questions. A second experiment replicated the interpretation findings in a more constrained setting. These results add to previous evidence that the common ground influences initial language processes, and suggests that the strength and polarity of common ground effects may depend on contributions of sentence type as well as the interactivity of the situation.
Descriptors: Privacy, Discourse Analysis, Sentences, Interaction, Internet, Feedback (Response), Language Processing
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