Pragmatic expectations and coreference: how alternative constructions and referring expressions can serve as cues

Abstract

This paper addresses the question whether possible alternative constructions and alternative choices of referring expressions influence the resolution of anaphoric expressions. We present a questionnaire, a self-paced reading study and a corpus analysis, suggesting that alternative constructions and referring expressions help to constitute preferences for anaphora in referentially ambiguous sentences and also affect on-line sentence processing.


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