Referential choice in a second language: evidence for a listener-oriented approach.

@article{Contemori2016ReferentialCI,
  title={Referential choice in a second language: evidence for a listener-oriented approach.},
  author={Carla Contemori and Paola E. Dussias},
  journal={Language, cognition and neuroscience},
  year={2016},
  volume={31 10},
  pages={1257-1272}
}
One central question in research on spoken language communication concerns how speakers decide how explicit to make a referential expression. In the present paper, we address the debate between a discourse-based approach and a listener-based approach to the choice of referring expressions by testing second language (L2) learners of English on the production of English referential expressions, and comparing their performance to a group of monolingual speakers of English. In two experiments, we… CONTINUE READING
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