Experimental approach to reference in discourse

working memory capacity and language comprehension in Russian

Olga Fedorova*, Ekaterina Delikishkina, Anna Uspenskaya

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Abstract

In the experimental psycholinguistic study we consider the correlation between one of activation in working memory factors (Kibrik 2010), namely a rhetorical distance to the pronoun antecedent and a successful reference resolution in Russian. Using Russian adaptation of the working memory span test from Daneman and Carpenter 1980 we demonstrated that a rhetorical distance is really a significant factor affecting referent activation as well as that working memory capacity is correlated with some referential processes. However, we did not find an interaction between rhetorical distance and working memory group. Thus, our results supported the Separate Language Interpretation Resource theory of working memory structure (Caplan and Waters 1999).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACLIC 24 - Proceedings of the 24th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
Place of PublicationShinjuku-ku
PublisherWaseda University
Pages125-132
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9784905166009
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event24th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 24 - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 4 Nov 20107 Nov 2010

Other

Other24th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 24
CountryJapan
CitySendai
Period4/11/107/11/10

Keywords

  • Discourse comprehension
  • Pronoun resolution
  • Rhetorical Structure Theory
  • Russian
  • Working memory

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    Fedorova, O., Delikishkina, E., & Uspenskaya, A. (2010). Experimental approach to reference in discourse: working memory capacity and language comprehension in Russian. In PACLIC 24 - Proceedings of the 24th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (pp. 125-132). Shinjuku-ku: Waseda University.