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ERIC Number: EJ850835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Fill the Gap! Combining Pragmatic and Prosodic Information to Make Gapping Easy
Hoeks, John C. J.; Redeker, Gisela; Hendriks, Petra
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v38 n3 p221-235 Jun 2009
Two studies investigated the effects of prosody and pragmatic context on off-line and on-line processing of sentences like "John greeted Paul yesterday and Ben today". Such sentences are ambiguous between the so-called "nongapping" reading, where "John greeted Ben", and the highly unpreferred "gapping" reading, where "Ben greeted Paul". In the first experiment, participants listened to dialogues and gave a speeded response as to which reading of an ambiguous target sentence first comes to mind. In the second experiment, they also responded to a visual probe that was presented during the presentation of the ambiguous target. The results show that context and prosody have independent and strong effects on both on-line processing and off-line interpretation of gapping; in the right combination they can make gapping as easy as the normally preferred nongapping reading.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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