Mapping “easy” and “hard” messages onto language: conceptual and structural variables jointly affect the timecourse of sentence formulation

Agnieszka Konopka, Maartje van de Velde, Antje Meyer

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Abstract

Sentence formulation requires mapping pre-verbal messages onto linguistic structures. This message-to-language mapping is often evaluated in eye-tracking tasks where speakers describe pictured events (The dog chased the mailman). Speakers can begin sentence formulation by quickly selecting the first-fixated character as the sentential starting point (lexical incrementality), or generating a rudimentary sentence plan based on their construal of the event gist before selecting a starting point (hierarchical incrementality; Kuchinsky & Bock, 2010). Lexical incrementality predicts fast divergence of fixations while hierarchical incrementality predicts slower divergence of fixations to the two characters within 200ms of picture onset.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
EventArchitectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (2012) - Riva del Garda, Italy
Duration: 6 Sep 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceArchitectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (2012)
CountryItaly
CityRiva del Garda
Period6/09/12 → …

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    Konopka, A., van de Velde, M., & Meyer, A. (2012). Mapping “easy” and “hard” messages onto language: conceptual and structural variables jointly affect the timecourse of sentence formulation. Poster session presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (2012), Riva del Garda, Italy.