Relational encoding effects on event coherence in language production Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Zerkle, Sandra
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • When describing a series of events, speakers can explicitly signal the connection between events by using coherence markers (pronouns and connector words). Current models of reference production do not fully account for observed variation in reference form. This study attempts to solve this problem by testing if qualities of the discourse context and strength of event connectedness in memory can affect speakers’ production choices. In two experiments, relational encoding of events was manipulated such that some participants had a higher degree of connection than others. Both experiments found that the encoding manipulation did not affect coherence marker use. In Experiment 1, it did not have the expected effect on memory nor language production. In Experiment 2, it did affect event relatedness representations (recall accuracy), but did not affect coherence marker use on accurate trials. Further research is needed to determine whether relational encoding can affect language production in other situations.
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  • Gordon, Peter
  • Arnold, Jennifer
  • Cohen, Jessica
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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