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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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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: 19 Jan 2021 07:53

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