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Spoilt for choice: Initially considering several referential expressions affects subsequent referential decisions

Knutsen, D and Ros, C and Le Bigot, L (2017) 'Spoilt for choice: Initially considering several referential expressions affects subsequent referential decisions.' Language Cognition and Neuroscience. ISSN 2327-3798

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Abstract

In dialogue, speakers jointly decide how to refer to the referents under discussion. In some cases, several different referential expressions are considered before the partners can decide which one they prefer; this work examined how doing so affects subsequent referential expression reuse. Pairs of participants came up with suitable referential expressions for Tangram figures they were shown. They then referred to the same figures again during a matching task which was performed either with the same partner or a different partner. The main finding was that the preferred referential expression was less likely to be reused when several referential expressions were initially considered. This effect could not be attributed to a generation effect or to some referential expressions being a better match for the Tangram figures than others. These findings offer a better understanding of how the initial contribution of a reference shapes subsequent referential decisions through ordinary memory functioning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dialogue, common ground, memory, contribution, referential decisions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 15:35
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2018 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20589

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