Expectations from relative clauses: Real-time coherence updates in discourse processing

Jet Hoek, Hannah Rohde, Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul, Ted J. M. Sanders

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Abstract

When processing a text, comprehenders use available cues to anticipate both upcoming content and the dependencies that comprise the structure of the growing discourse. In an eye-tracking while reading experiment, we test discourse updating in passages in which dependencies are implicit and the segments convey content that is not required to participate in any coherence-driven inference. This study provides strong evidence of comprehenders' ability to build implicit non-obligatory discourse structure in real time.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104581
JournalCognition
Volume210
Early online date23 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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