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In the Eye of Object Pronoun Processing: Investigating the Influences of Visual and Linguistic Contexts Using Pupil Dilation

Cremers, Sho (2019) In the Eye of Object Pronoun Processing: Investigating the Influences of Visual and Linguistic Contexts Using Pupil Dilation. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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Abstract

There are two major theories that explain the time course of pronoun processing of object pronouns (e.g., her, him). The initial-filter account suggests grammatical principles restrict the interpretation of object pronouns. The competing-constraints account, on the other hand, suggests other sources of information compete with grammatical constraints. It can be evidence for the competing-constraints account if non-grammatical information influences the interpretation of object pronouns early after the onset of the pronoun. A past study has successfully found evidence for the influence of visual and linguistic contexts, but the follow-up studies have yielded contradictory results. This study aimed to replicate the results of the initial study by investigating the influence of linguistic and visual contexts during the processing of object pronouns with native Dutch speakers. The linguistic and visual contexts were manipulated to construct a within-subject design, as well as a between-group design for the difference in the time delay between visual and linguistic context. Unfortunately, not enough data was gathered to study the effect of the time delay between the visual and linguistic context. However, evidence for the influence of linguistic context on object pronoun processing was found, supporting the claims of the competing-constraints account.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor:
Supervisor nameSupervisor E mail
Rij-Tange, J.C. vanJ.C.van.Rij@rug.nl
Toth, A.G.A.G.Toth@rug.nl
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2019 09:34
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/20605

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