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The Processing and Acquisition of Reference

Edward A. Gibson and Neal J. Pearlmutter


This book brings together contributions by prominent researchers in the fields of language processing and language acquisition on topics of common interest: how people refer to objects in the world, how people comprehend such referential expressions, and how children acquire the ability to refer and to understand reference. The chapters first discuss issues related to children’s acquisition and processing of reference, then consider evidence of adults’ processing of reference from eye-tracking methods (the visual-world paradigm) and from corpora and reading experiments. They go on to discuss s ... More

Keywords: language processing, language acquisition, referential expressions, reference, visual-world paradigm, reading experiments, coreference, eye movements, pragmatic information, language comprehension

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015127
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward A. Gibson, editor

Neal J. Pearlmutter, editor

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Front Matter

1 Introduction

Edward Gibson, and Neal J. Pearlmutter

I Children’s Acquisition and Processing of Reference

4 Referential and Syntactic Processes: What Develops?

John C. Trueswell, Anna Papafragou, and Youngon Choi

6 A Cross-Linguistic Study on the Interpretation of Pronouns by Children and Agrammatic Speakers: Evidence from Dutch, Spanish, and Italian

Esther Ruigendijk, Sergio Baauw, Shalom Zuckerman, Nada Vasić, Joke de Lange, and Sergey Avrutin

II Adults’ Processing of Reference

8 Disfluency Effects in Comprehension

Jennifer E. Arnold, and Michael K. Tanenhaus

9 It’s Not What You Said, It’s How You Said It

Jodi D. Edwards, and Craig G. Chambers

III Adults’ Processing of Reference

12 Noun-Phrase Anaphor Resolution

H. Wind Cowles, and Alan Garnham

15 Complement Focus and Reference Phenomena

Anthony J. Sanford, and Linda M. Moxey

End Matter