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Task Effects in the Interpretation of Pronouns

Sanoudaki, E. and Varlokosta, S. (2014) Task Effects in the Interpretation of Pronouns. Language Acquisition, 22 (1). pp. 40-67. DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2014.928297

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Abstract

Children acquiring a range of languages have difficulties in the interpretation of personal pronouns. Ongoing debates in the relevant literature concern the extent to which different pronoun types are subject to this phenomenon, as well as the role of methodology in relevant research. In this study, we use two different experimental tasks to examine the interpretation of pronominal elements in Greek, a language that has both strong pronouns and pronominal clitics. Results reveal a complete absence of problems in the interpretation of clitics irrespective of task. However, there were task effects in the comprehension of strong pronouns in both children and adults. Findings indicate that the phenomenon is intrinsically linked to the properties of the elements in question. Analysis of the task effects highlights how different methodological manipulations can shed light on different properties of the elements studied.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Linguistics and English Language
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:29
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:57
ISSN: 1048-9223
Publisher's Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Language Acquisition in June 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/ DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10489223.2014.928297
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/285
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2014.928297
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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