Context plays a ubiquitous role in language processing. For the most part, work in language processing investigates the effects of context without investigating questions about what determines a context. For example, interpretation of any referential expression must take into account the notion of a referential domain. Here we investigate the influence of perceptual cues in establishing a referential domain, or linguistic context. We demonstrate that people use perceptual cues to establish a linguistic context; the influence of perceptual cues is gradient with respect to cue magnitude; and the contribution of a perceptual cue in constructing a linguistic context is not an effect of attention or salience. We provide these results as a first step toward developing a formal model for the establishment of linguistic context.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society 2015|
|Publisher||Austin TX: Cognitive Science Society|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Jul 2015|
|Event||CogSci 2015 - Pasadena, United States|
Duration: 23 Jul 2015 → 25 Jul 2015
|Period||23/07/15 → 25/07/15|