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Offline interpretation of subject pronouns by native speakers of Spanish

Chamorro, Gloria (2018) Offline interpretation of subject pronouns by native speakers of Spanish. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 3 (1). Article Number 27. ISSN 2397-1835. (doi:10.5334/gjgl.256) (KAR id:66011)

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Abstract

Research on anaphora resolution reveals that speakers’ interpretation of pronominal subjects is often inconsistent, with results differing in terms of the antecedent preferences of these speakers and the factors that affect these preferences. The present study investigates anaphora resolution by native speakers of Spanish using an offline judgment task where participants are presented with globally ambiguous anaphora to test the predictions of Carminati’s (2002) Position of Antecedent Strategy (PAS) with Spanish intra-sentential Main-Subordinate anaphora. The results show that native speakers of Iberian Spanish have a clear preference for the object as the antecedent for the overt pronoun with this structure, while a preference for the subject as the antecedent for the null pronoun was not revealed. These findings appear to be at odds with the PAS and suggest that anaphora resolution is affected by clause order.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.5334/gjgl.256
Additional information: Article no: 27
Uncontrolled keywords: Anaphora resolution, subject pronouns, antecedent preferences, Spanish, offline interpretation
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern Languages
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Gloria Chamorro
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 12:00 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2020 15:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66011 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Chamorro, Gloria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5090-1478
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