Determinants of structural choice in visually situated sentence production

Myachykov, A., Garrod, S. and Scheepers, C. (2012) Determinants of structural choice in visually situated sentence production. Acta Psychologica, 141(3), pp. 304-315. (doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.09.006)

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Three experiments investigated how perceptual, structural, and lexical cues affect structural choices during English transitive sentence production. Participants described transitive events under combinations of visual cueing of attention (toward either agent or patient) and structural priming with and without semantic match between the notional verb in the prime and the target event. Speakers had a stronger preference for passive-voice sentences (1) when their attention was directed to the patient, (2) upon reading a passive-voice prime, and (3) when the verb in the prime matched the target event. The verb-match effect was the by-product of an interaction between visual cueing and verb match: the increase in the proportion of passive-voice responses with matching verbs was limited to the agent-cued condition. Persistence of visual cueing effects in the presence of both structural and lexical cues suggests a strong coupling between referent-directed visual attention and Subject assignment in a spoken sentence.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scheepers, Dr Christoph and Garrod, Professor Simon and Myachykov, Dr Andriy
Authors: Myachykov, A., Garrod, S., and Scheepers, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Acta Psychologica

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
509541Get- versus be-passives in English: a functional investigationChristoph ScheepersEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/G045720/1RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY