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An investigation into factors affecting the communication of events through drawing

Jackson, J; (2007) An investigation into factors affecting the communication of events through drawing. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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It has been proposed that although drawing and language are fundamentally separate modes of communication evidence exists for a shared conceptual process (Van Sommers 1989). Empirical and theoretical research has provided a body of evidence on the influence of language in shaping event conceptualisation for communication (Dipper et al 2005, Black & Chiat 2003, Zacks & Tversky 2001). The temporal order of words in a sentence and the choice of verb are all features of language that can alert the listener to the perspective and attentional focus of the speaker. Studies of non-linguistic communication have shown that foregrounding and ordering of semantic elements also occurs (Gershkoff-Stowe & Goldin-Meadow 2002, Sacchett 2005) and that these are shaped by different features of the input and output modalities. The study by Sacchett (2005) required participants to form conceptualisations of caused change of location events from visual input and used drawing as a means of communication. The results demonstrated that differences in foregrounding and temporal ordering of entities are affected by a complex interaction of conceptual and perceptual factors and the constraints of a graphic output modality. This current project has added to this body of evidence for control participants and investigated whether the manipulation of conceptual and perceptual factors increased the salience and consequently foregrounding of the Cause entity. The results have shown that significant primary foregrounding of the Cause entity occurs. However, the extent to which this happens is influenced by a complex interaction of top-down conceptual, bottom-up perceptual variables and the physical and spatial constraints of drawing to communicate.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: An investigation into factors affecting the communication of events through drawing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566976
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