Lexical and contextual cue effects in discourse expectations: Experimenting with german 'zwar... aber' and english 'true/sure... but'

Autor(en): Schwab, J.
Liu, M. 
Stichwörter: Concessives; Discourse processing; Discourse signals; Predictions; Self-paced reading
Erscheinungsdatum: 2020
Herausgeber: Dialogue and Discourse
Journal: Dialogue and Discourse
Volumen: 11
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 74
Seitenende: 109
Zusammenfassung: 
Existing literature shows that readers and listeners rapidly adjust their expectations about likely discourse continuations through discourse markers, as well as through other narrow linguistic and discourse contextual cues. However, it is unclear whether (i) the facilitative effects of various linguistic cues differ in quality and (ii) whether the effects interact with one another in any principled manner. We conducted two self-paced reading experiments on concessive constructions in German and English wherein optional lexical and/or contextual cues appeared ahead of a concessive discourse connective. The results demonstrate that readers can use both types of cues to anticipate the upcoming connective. Thus, our study provides novel evidence for expectation-driven accounts of discourse processing and elucidates the functions of discourse signals. Furthermore, the results also show that the role a type of cue plays may be subject to cross-linguistic variation. © 2020 Juliane Schwab and Mingya Liu.
ISSN: 21529620
DOI: 10.5087/dad.2020.203
Externe URL: https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85091112144&doi=10.5087%2fdad.2020.203&partnerID=40&md5=aa92103b0ec7fc3a863f7e2479596e8e

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