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Immediate sensitivity to structural constraints in pronoun resolution

Chow, W-Y; Lewis, S; Phillips, C; (2014) Immediate sensitivity to structural constraints in pronoun resolution. Frontiers in Psychology , 5 , Article 630. 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00630. Green open access

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Abstract

Real-time interpretation of pronouns is sometimes sensitive to the presence of grammatically-illicit antecedents and sometimes not. This occasional sensitivity has been taken as evidence that structural constraints do not immediately impact the initial antecedent retrieval for pronoun interpretation. We argue that it is important to separate effects that reflect the initial antecedent retrieval process from those that reflect later processes. We present results from five reading comprehension experiments. Both the current results and previous evidence support the hypothesis that agreement features and structural constraints immediately constrain the antecedent retrieval process for pronoun interpretation. Occasional sensitivity to grammatically-illicit antecedents may be due to repair processes triggered when the initial retrieval fails to return a grammatical antecedent.

Type: Article
Title: Immediate sensitivity to structural constraints in pronoun resolution
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00630
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00630
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 Chow, Lewis and Phillips. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: Pronoun resolution, Principle B, Memory retrieval, Self-paced reading, Eye-tracking
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1449848
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