Rees, Alice ORCID: 0000-0001-5906-2693, Bott, Lewis and Schumacher, Petra B. ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-8502 (2019). Event-related potentials in pragmatic priming. Neuroscience Letters, 712. p. 134435. ISSN 03043940

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Priming of pragmatic enrichment has been found in behavioural studies. We extend this by examining the neural correlates of priming for two implicature categories, quantifiers and disjunctions. Participants engaged in a primed sentence-picture matching task where they were presented with a sentence (e.g., “some of the letters are Bs”) followed by a picture. In prime trials the pictures were either consistent with an enriched interpretation (some but not all) or a basic interpretation (some and possibly all) of the sentence. The pictures in target trials were always consistent with the enriched interpretation. Using ERPs, we found a priming effect on the picture reflected in a reduced positivity for quantifiers when the preceding trial had an enriched interpretation, and no effect for disjunction. The pragmatic priming effect can be dissociated from expectation-based processes. It suggests that abstract derivation processes are primed during pragmatic alignment

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Schumacher, Petra
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-376957
DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2019.134435
Journal or Publication Title: Neuroscience Letters
Volume: 712
Page Range: p. 134435
Date: 2019
ISSN: 03043940
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Linguistik
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Refereed: Yes


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