Information 2011, 2(2), 302-326; doi:10.3390/info2020302
Article

Experimental Approaches to Referential Domains and the On-Line Processing of Referring Expressions in Unscripted Conversation

1 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 603 E Daniel St. Champaign, IL 61820, USA 2 Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 8 February 2011; in revised form: 8 March 2011 / Accepted: 28 April 2011 / Published: 6 May 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognition and Communication)
PDF Full-text Download PDF Full-Text [743 KB, uploaded 6 May 2011 09:23 CEST]
Abstract: This article describes research investigating the on-line processing of language in unscripted conversational settings. In particular, we focus on the process of formulating and interpreting definite referring expressions. Within this domain we present results of two eye-tracking experiments addressing the problem of how speakers interrogate the referential domain in preparation to speak, how they select an appropriate expression for a given referent, and how addressees interpret these expressions. We aim to demonstrate that it is possible, and indeed fruitful, to examine unscripted, conversational language using modified experimental designs and standard hypothesis testing procedures.
Keywords: conversation; modification; scalar; eye-tracking; production; comprehension

Article Statistics

Load and display the download statistics.

Citations to this Article

Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Brown-Schmidt, S.; Konopka, A.E. Experimental Approaches to Referential Domains and the On-Line Processing of Referring Expressions in Unscripted Conversation. Information 2011, 2, 302-326.

AMA Style

Brown-Schmidt S, Konopka AE. Experimental Approaches to Referential Domains and the On-Line Processing of Referring Expressions in Unscripted Conversation. Information. 2011; 2(2):302-326.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Brown-Schmidt, Sarah; Konopka, Agnieszka E. 2011. "Experimental Approaches to Referential Domains and the On-Line Processing of Referring Expressions in Unscripted Conversation." Information 2, no. 2: 302-326.

Information EISSN 2078-2489 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert