Evaluating an Expectation-Driven QUD Model of Discourse Interpretation

Andrew Kehler, Hannah Rohde

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According to Question-Under-Discussion (QUD) models of discourse interpretation, clauses cohere with the preceding context by virtue of providing answers to (usually implicit) questions that are situated within a speaker's goal-driven strategy of inquiry. In this paper, we present four experiments that examine the predictions of a QUD model of interpretation when cast in terms of an integrated, expectation-driven model of discourse processing. The results of these studies together support the predictions of the model, demonstrating that contextual cues affect comprehenders' expectations about ensuing QUDs (Experiment 1), QUD expectations in turn influence the interpretation of discourse-dependent linguistic expressions (Experiment 2), and the biases associated with those expressions in turn influence the anticipation of QUDs (Experiments 3a/b).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-238
Number of pages20
JournalDiscourse Processes
Issue number3
Early online date4 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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