Pronouns

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Abstract

When do speakers produce ambiguous expressions? How do comprehenders interpret such expressions to infer a speaker’s intended meaning? This chapter reviews a body of work on pronoun production and interpretation, considering a number of computational, linguistic, and psycholinguistic frameworks and the factors that have been posited to drive pronoun use. These factors include surface structural elements (grammatical role, syntactic parallelism), information structural cues (topichood), lexical semantics and real-world knowledge (thematic roles, causality), as well as aspects of the larger discourse (recency, rhetorical structure, coherence relations). The chapter then turns to a more general model of message production and interpretation that incorporates elements of existing pronoun models using a Bayesian approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics
EditorsChris Cummins, Napoleon Katsos
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter27
Pages452-473
ISBN (Print)9780198791768
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks

Keywords

  • pronouns
  • discourse coherence
  • information structure
  • Bayesian inference
  • topichood
  • generative model

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