Referential efficiency across adulthood: communicative strategies and cognitive control

Madeleine Long, Hannah Rohde, Misha Ali, Paula Rubio-Fernandez

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Traditional theories inpragmatics characterize an efficient speaker as one who avoids redundancy (i.e. make your contribution as informative as is required but not more). Recentwork, however,calls into question this view, characterizing an efficient speaker as one whose referentialchoicesfacilitatealistener’sidentification ofreferents.A prediction follows fromthis recent account: specific contexts will lend themselves to redundancy, butan efficient speaker should onlybe redundant whenitis helpful to the listener.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2019
EventCUNY 2019 Conference on Human Sentence Processing - Boulder, United States
Duration: 29 Mar 2019 → …


ConferenceCUNY 2019 Conference on Human Sentence Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period29/03/19 → …

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