Referential and visual cues to structural choice in visually situated sentence production

Myachykov, Andriy, Thompson, Dominic, Garrod, Simon and Scheepers, Christoph (2012) Referential and visual cues to structural choice in visually situated sentence production. Frontiers in Psychology, 2. p. 396. ISSN 1664-1078

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We investigated how conceptually informative (referent preview) and conceptually uninformative (pointer to referent’s location) visual cues affect structural choice during production of English transitive sentences. Cueing the Agent or the Patient prior to presenting the target-event reliably predicted the likelihood of selecting this referent as the sentential Subject, triggering, correspondingly, the choice between active and passive voice. Importantly, there was no difference in the magnitude of the general Cueing effect between the informative and uninformative cueing conditions, suggesting that attentionally driven structural selection relies on a direct automatic mapping mechanism from attentional focus to the Subject’s position in a sentence. This mechanism is, therefore, independent of accessing conceptual, and possibly lexical, information about the cued referent provided by referent preview.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sentence production, visual attention, structural choice
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Andriy Myachykov
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 17:14
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:52

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