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Event-related potentials in pragmatic priming

Rees, Alice, Bott, Lewis and Schumacher, Petra B. 2019. Event-related potentials in pragmatic priming. Neuroscience Letters 712 , 134435. 10.1016/j.neulet.2019.134435

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Abstract

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: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0304-3940
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 August 2019
Date of Acceptance: 14 August 2019
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2020 02:05
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/124996

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