Clausal interference during reference production

Roger P. G. van Gompel, Kumiko Fukumura

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Four sentence completion experiments investigated how language producers refer back to human characters when they are mentioned in different clauses in the preceding sentence. Participants produced fewer pronouns and more names when the characters were mentioned in the same type of clause (both main or both subordinate) than when they were mentioned in different clause types. This suggests that clauses with the same status interfere, thereby making the discourse entities less accessible. Participants also used more pronouns and fewer names when the antecedent was in a main than a subordinate clause and when it was the most recent rather than a more distant clause, indicating that main and recent clauses are most accessible.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventPRE-CogSci 2013: Production of Referrring Expressions: Bridging the gap between cognitive and computational approaches to reference - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 31 Jul 2013 → …


ConferencePRE-CogSci 2013
Period31/07/13 → …
OtherWorkshop organised as part of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013)


  • language production
  • reference
  • pronouns
  • names
  • interference
  • competition
  • clause status
  • main and subordinate clause
  • recency

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