An ERP study of anaphor resolution with focused and non-focused antecedents

Hald, Lea A, Cowles, H Wind and Garnham, Alan (2019) An ERP study of anaphor resolution with focused and non-focused antecedents. Open Psychology, 1 (1). pp. 323-344. ISSN 2543-8883

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The goal of this study is to better understand when (and why) the combination of semantic overlap between antecedent and anaphor and antecedent focus leads to difficulty in anaphor processing. To investigate these questions, three ERP experiments manipulating semantic overlap and focus compared the ERPs from the onset of the anaphor as well as from the onset of the last word in the sentence containing the anaphor. Our results suggest that although the focus status of an antecedent and the semantic overlap between the antecedent and anaphor are important, these factors are not the only significant contributors to online anaphor resolution. Factors such as readers‘ expectations about thematic shifts also influence the processing. We consider our results in relation to two accounts of anaphor resolution, the Informational Load Hypothesis (Almor, 1999; Almor & Eimas, 2008) and JANUS (Garnham & Cowles, 2008).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Focus, Informational Load Hypothesis, JANUS, semantic overlap
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sanjeedah Choudhury
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2019 11:00
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:11

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