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The interpretation of anaphoric noun phrases:time course, and effects of overspecificity

Garnham, Alan and Oakhill, Jane and Cain, Kate (1997) The interpretation of anaphoric noun phrases:time course, and effects of overspecificity. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Series a Human Experimental Psychology, 50 (1). pp. 149-162. ISSN 0272-4987

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Abstract

Two experiments investigated the interpretation of anaphoric noun phrases, and in particular those thatcould only be linked to their antecedents via knowledge-based inferences. The first experiment showed that much of the inferential processing was carried out as the anaphoric noun phrase was read, although there was some indication that inferential processing continued to the end of the clause. The second experiment attempted to establish why anaphoric noun phrases that are more specific than their antecedents cause problems. It showed that the difficulty did not lie in adding the extra information carried by the anaphor to the representation of the referent. Rather, we suggest, putting extra information in the anaphoric noun phrase disrupts the process of linking that noun phrase to its antecedent.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Series a Human Experimental Psychology
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 72207
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Dec 2014 09:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 06:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/72207

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