The interaction of coherence relations and prosody in anaphoric reference: A psycholinguistic account. Taylor, R C Ph.D. Thesis, University of Groningen.
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An on-line auditory pronoun disambiguation task was carried out using sentences with ambiguous pronouns as stimuli. Participants heard sentences of the form John saw Jeff and Stephen called him, where the pronoun him could refer either to John or to Jeff, because both of the names and the pronoun have the same gender. Furthermore, prosody was manipulated in conjunction with anaphor resolution. Participants heard sentences in which either the subject of the second clause, Stephen, or the pronoun, him, were accented, or there was no accent at all. Furthermore, the sentences were related in different ways. Following the coherence relations proposed by Kehler (2002), some sentences were related such that aspects of the first sentence paralleled the aspects those of the second sentence (parallel relation), and other sentences were related such that the first sentence resulted in the actions of the second sentence (result relation). The findings suggest that coherence relations were good predictors of pronoun reference. Additionally, accented pronouns changed the referent in parallel related sentences, but not in result related sentences. This shows that there is an interaction between the coherence relation between two clauses and prosody. The results are discussed in relation to several models of ambiguous pronoun resolution, and stress attribution.
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	Author = {Taylor, R C},
	Date = {2008},
	Date-Modified = {2016-09-23 19:24:13 +0000},
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	Keywords = {anaphora, phonetics, pragmatics, prosody},
	School = {University of Groningen},
	Title = {The interaction of coherence relations and prosody in anaphoric reference: A psycholinguistic account},
	Url = {http://sites.google.com/site/ryanchristophertaylor/},
	Abstract = {An on-line auditory pronoun disambiguation task was carried out using sentences with ambiguous pronouns as stimuli. Participants heard sentences of the form John saw Jeff and Stephen called him, where the pronoun him could refer either to John or to Jeff, because both of the names and the pronoun have the same gender. Furthermore, prosody was manipulated in conjunction with anaphor resolution. Participants heard sentences in which either the subject of the second clause, Stephen, or the pronoun, him, were accented, or there was no accent at all. Furthermore, the sentences were related in different ways. Following the coherence relations proposed by Kehler (2002), some sentences were related such that aspects of the first sentence paralleled the aspects those of the second sentence (parallel relation), and other sentences were related such that the first sentence resulted in the actions of the second sentence (result relation). The findings suggest that coherence relations were good predictors of pronoun reference. Additionally, accented pronouns changed the referent in parallel related sentences, but not in result related sentences. This shows that there is an interaction between the coherence relation between two clauses and prosody. The results are discussed in relation to several models of ambiguous pronoun resolution, and stress attribution.},
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