Coreference and parallelism

Kathleen Hall*, Masaya Yoshida

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Previous studies have demonstrated a reliable effect of parallelism in a variety of domains. These studies have suggested that parallelism is preferred during both production and comprehension, and that parallelism can result in facilitation during sentence processing. There is, however, some debate about whether such effects are truly limited to coordination. In both coordinate and subordinate environments we examined whether parallelism affects pronoun resolution, and furthermore investigated whether distance between a pronoun and an antecedent (locality) affects the retrieval process. Two experiments, each consisting of an offline forced choice task as well as an eye tracking task, indicated that both locality and parallelism influence the pronoun resolution process in both coordinate and subordinate contexts. These findings are discussed in light of popular retrieval models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • eye tracking
  • locality
  • Parallelism
  • pronouns
  • retrieval

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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