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Do coherence relations give an accurate indicator for ease of pronoun interpretation?

Schelvis, D. (2013) Do coherence relations give an accurate indicator for ease of pronoun interpretation? Master's Thesis / Essay, Human-Machine Communication.

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Abstract

Research on pronoun interpretation has produced several theories to explain human behaviour, in particular the theories of Subject Preference, Parallel Function Preference and Coherence based Preference. We performed a pair of self paced reading experiments to test the predictions of these theories. Dutch participants were tested using sentences that modified the antecedent role (subject or object), grammatical match of the pronoun and antecedent (both subject or object, or different) and the coherence relation between sentence parts (cause-effect or resemblance). The second experiment goes into more depth and removes possible biases. Our findings do not match the predictions of any of the three leading theories, leading to the conclusion that online and unconscious behaviour differs from conscious judgement tasks.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
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Degree programme: Human-Machine Communication
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:55
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 12:00
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/11349

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