Referential and visual cues to structural choice in visually situated sentence production

Myachykov, A., Thompson, D., Garrod, S. and Scheepers, C. (2012) Referential and visual cues to structural choice in visually situated sentence production. Frontiers in Cognition, 2, Art. 396. (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00396)

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We investigated how conceptually informative (referent preview) and conceptually uninformative (pointer to referent’s location) visual cues affect structural choice during production of English transitive sentences. Cueing the Agent or the Patient prior to presenting the target-event reliably predicted the likelihood of selecting this referent as the sentential Subject, triggering, correspondingly, the choice between active and passive voice. Importantly, there was no difference in the magnitude of the general Cueing effect between the informative and uninformative cueing conditions, suggesting that attentionally driven structural selection relies on a direct automatic mapping mechanism from attentional focus to the Subject’s position in a sentence. This mechanism is, therefore, independent of accessing conceptual, and possibly lexical, information about the cued referent provided by referent preview.

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

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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