Animacy matters: ERP evidence for the multi-dimensionality of topic-worthiness in Chinese.

@article{Hung2014AnimacyME,
  title={Animacy matters: ERP evidence for the multi-dimensionality of topic-worthiness in Chinese.},
  author={Yu-Chen Hung and Petra B. Schumacher},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2014},
  volume={1555},
  pages={36-47}
}
An event-related potential (ERP) study was conducted to investigate how animacy interacts with givenness during topic processing. Both animacy and givenness have been considered as within-discourse factors that contribute to an element׳s potential to form an optimal topic (i.e., topic-worthiness). ERPs were recorded while participants read question-answer pairs, of which the target sentence induced either a continuation or an alternation of a previously introduced topic (i.e., given vs. new… CONTINUE READING