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Title:Evidence for serial coercion: A time course analysis using the visual-world paradigm
Authors: Christoph Scheepers ; Frank Keller ; Mirella Lapata
Date: 2007
Publication Title:Cognitive Psychology
Publication Type:Journal Article Publication Status:Published
Page Nos:1-29
DOI:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2006.10.001 ISBN/ISSN:0010-0285
Metonymic verbs like start or enjoy often occur with artifact-denoting complements (e.g., The artist started the picture) although semantically they require event-denoting complements (e.g., The artist started painting the picture). In case of artifact-denoting objects, the complement is assumed to be type shifted (or coerced) into an event to conform to the verb s semantic restrictions. Psycholinguistic research has provided evidence for this kind of enriched composition: readers experience processing difficulty when faced with metonymic constructions compared to non-metonymic controls. However, slower reading times for metonymic constructions could also be due to competition between multiple interpretations that are being entertained in parallel whenever a metonymic verb is encountered. Using the visual-world paradigm, we devised an experiment which enabled us to determine the time course of metonymic interpretation in relation to non-metonymic controls. The experiment provided evidence in favor of a non-competitive, serial coercion process.
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author = { Christoph Scheepers and Frank Keller and Mirella Lapata },
title = {Evidence for serial coercion: A time course analysis using the visual-world paradigm},
journal = {Cognitive Psychology},
publisher = {Elsevier},
year = 2007,
pages = {1-29},
doi = {10.1016/j.cogpsych.2006.10.001},
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