From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality

Bott O, Solstad T (2014)
In: Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages. Hemforth B, Mertins B, Fabricius-Hansen C (Eds); Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, 44. Cham: Springer: 213-251.

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Hemforth, Barbara; Mertins, Barbara; Fabricius-Hansen, Cathrine
Abstract / Bemerkung
We present a semantic theory of causal discourse that allows us to derive expectations about upcoming discourse, specifically when to expect various types of explanations. We apply our theory to the phenomenon of implicit causality and show how the semantics of implicit causality verbs interacts with discourse structure. In particular, we show why certain verbs trigger explanations per default, what kind of explanations are triggered, and why these explanations are closely related to specific coreference patterns. Predictions derived from the theory were tested in a large-scale crosslinguistic production study comparing discourse continuations in German and Norwegian—two languages displaying differing discourse structuring properties. The production study fully confirmed our predictions, with explanation types and implicit causality bias distributing as expected. The study furthermore reveals that our semantic account of implicit causality is cross-linguistically valid.
Stichworte
Implicit causality; Verb semantics; Discourse relations; Pronoun resolution
Erscheinungsjahr
2014
Buchtitel
Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages
Band
44
Seite(n)
213-251
eISBN
978-3-319-05675-3
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2945983

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Bott O, Solstad T. From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality. In: Hemforth B, Mertins B, Fabricius-Hansen C, eds. Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. Vol 44. Cham: Springer; 2014: 213-251.
Bott, O., & Solstad, T. (2014). From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality. In B. Hemforth, B. Mertins, & C. Fabricius-Hansen (Eds.), Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics: Vol. 44. Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages (pp. 213-251). Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-05675-3_9
Bott, O., and Solstad, T. (2014). “From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality” in Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages, Hemforth, B., Mertins, B., and Fabricius-Hansen, C. eds. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, vol. 44, (Cham: Springer), 213-251.
Bott, O., & Solstad, T., 2014. From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality. In B. Hemforth, B. Mertins, & C. Fabricius-Hansen, eds. Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. no.44 Cham: Springer, pp. 213-251.
O. Bott and T. Solstad, “From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality”, Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages, B. Hemforth, B. Mertins, and C. Fabricius-Hansen, eds., Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, vol. 44, Cham: Springer, 2014, pp.213-251.
Bott, O., Solstad, T.: From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality. In: Hemforth, B., Mertins, B., and Fabricius-Hansen, C. (eds.) Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. 44, p. 213-251. Springer, Cham (2014).
Bott, Oliver, and Solstad, Torgrim. “From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality”. Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages. Ed. Barbara Hemforth, Barbara Mertins, and Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen. Cham: Springer, 2014.Vol. 44. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. 213-251.

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