Threats may be negative promises (but warnings are more than negative tips)

Wray, Helen, Wood, Jeffrey, Haigh, Matthew and Stewart, Andrew (2016) Threats may be negative promises (but warnings are more than negative tips). Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28 (5). pp. 593-600. ISSN 2044-5911

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Abstract

In everyday situations conditional promises, threats, tips, and warnings are commonplace. Previous research has reported disruption to eye movements during reading when conditional promises are produced by someone who does not have control over the conditional outcome event, but no such disruption for the processing of conditional tips. In the present paper, we examine how readers process conditional threats and warnings. We compare one account which views conditional threats and warnings simply as promises and tips with negative outcomes, with an alternative account which highlights their broader pragmatic differences. In an eye-tracking experiment we find evidence suggesting that, in processing terms, while threats operate like negative promises, warnings are more than negative tips.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conditionals; speech acts; experimental pragmatics; reading; psycholinguistics
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 16:11
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 17:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26372

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