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Article: The effects of frequency on pronoun production

TitleThe effects of frequency on pronoun production
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherSeoul National University. The Journal's web site is located at http://cogsci.snu.ac.kr/jcs/index.php/about/
Citation
Journal of Cognitive Science, 2016, v. 17 n. 4, p. 547-569 How to Cite?
AbstractThe present study aims to examine whether pronoun production is influenced by referent frequency. We used a story continuation task and manipulated the frequency of referent nouns in one-entity (the woman(HF)/ postman(LF) skated to the house) and two-entity contexts (HF Subject-LF Object: the girl(HF) calmed the monk(LF) & LF Subject-HF Object: the postman(LF) warned the mother(HF)). We found that frequency had no effect in one-entity contexts. However, the frequency e ect was signi cant in two- entity contexts. When the subject had a high frequency while the object had a low frequency (HF Subject-LF Object), the rate of pronoun use increased for subject but decreased for object referents, compared to when the subject had a low frequency while the object had a high frequency (LF Subject-HF Object). That is, participants tended to use more pronouns for high frequency referents. This suggests that frequency is a factor that modulates pronoun production in the presence of multiple entities. We discuss the implications of our results in terms of existing theories.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/241762
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dc.contributor.authorLau, SH-
dc.contributor.authorHwang, H-
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-20T01:48:13Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-20T01:48:13Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Cognitive Science, 2016, v. 17 n. 4, p. 547-569-
dc.identifier.issn1598-2327-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/241762-
dc.description.abstractThe present study aims to examine whether pronoun production is influenced by referent frequency. We used a story continuation task and manipulated the frequency of referent nouns in one-entity (the woman(HF)/ postman(LF) skated to the house) and two-entity contexts (HF Subject-LF Object: the girl(HF) calmed the monk(LF) & LF Subject-HF Object: the postman(LF) warned the mother(HF)). We found that frequency had no effect in one-entity contexts. However, the frequency e ect was signi cant in two- entity contexts. When the subject had a high frequency while the object had a low frequency (HF Subject-LF Object), the rate of pronoun use increased for subject but decreased for object referents, compared to when the subject had a low frequency while the object had a high frequency (LF Subject-HF Object). That is, participants tended to use more pronouns for high frequency referents. This suggests that frequency is a factor that modulates pronoun production in the presence of multiple entities. We discuss the implications of our results in terms of existing theories.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSeoul National University. The Journal's web site is located at http://cogsci.snu.ac.kr/jcs/index.php/about/-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Cognitive Science-
dc.titleThe effects of frequency on pronoun production-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHwang, H: heeju@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHwang, H=rp02006-
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dc.identifier.doi10.17791/jcs.2016.17.4.547-
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dc.identifier.hkuros272477-
dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage547-
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dc.publisher.placeKorea-

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