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ERIC Number: EJ969496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Thematic Emphasis in Language Production
Vernice, Mirta; Pickering, Martin J.; Hartsuiker, Robert J.
Language and Cognitive Processes, v27 n5 p631-664 2012
In three experiments, we investigate whether speakers tend to perseverate in the assignment of emphasis to concepts with particular thematic roles across utterances. Participants matched prime sentences involving clefts (e.g., "Het is de cowboy die hij slaat," "It is the cowboy that he is hitting") to pictures and then described unrelated transitive events. Participants were more likely to produce a passive after a cleft that emphasised the patient than after a cleft that emphasised the agent. Because prime and target sentences are syntactically unrelated, our study demonstrated nonsyntactic structural priming. We propose that speakers use such priming to facilitate the construction of coherent discourse. (Contains 2 figures, 2 footnotes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands