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Resolving Temporary Referential Ambiguity Using Presupposed Content

Romoli, Jacopo (2014) Resolving Temporary Referential Ambiguity Using Presupposed Content. In: experimental perspectives on presuppositions. springer, pp. 67-87. ISBN 978-3-319-07980-6 [Book section]

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Abstract

We present the results of two visual-world experiments investigating whether the presupposition of ‘also’ is used to predict upcoming linguistic mate- rial during sentence comprehension. We compare predictions generated by ‘also’ to predictions from a parallel inference generated by ‘only’ (i.e., that the upcoming material will be unique). The results show that adults do use the presupposition of ‘also’ incrementally in online sentence comprehension and they can do so within 200 to 500 ms of the onset of the presuppositional trigger. Furthermore, they use it regardless of whether contextual support is explicit or implicit. On the other hand, we did not observe effects of the inference generated by ‘only’ at any point during the sentence, even though this information was used in an offline task.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:semantics, pragmatics, language processing, presuppositions
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:35922
Deposited By: Dr Jacopo Romoli
Deposited On:20 Sep 2016 08:26
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:25

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