Taking perspective in conversation: the role of mutual knowledge in comprehension.

@article{Keysar2000TakingPI,
  title={Taking perspective in conversation: the role of mutual knowledge in comprehension.},
  author={Boaz Keysar and Dale J. Barr and Jennifer A. Balin and Johannes Brauner},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2000},
  volume={11 1},
  pages={
          32-8
        }
}
When people interpret language, they can reduce the ambiguity of linguistic expressions by using information about perspective: the speaker's, their own, or a shared perspective. In order to investigate the mental processes that underlie such perspective taking, we tracked people's eye movements while they were following instructions to manipulate objects. The eye fixation data in two experiments demonstrate that people do not restrict the search for referents to mutually known objects. Eye… CONTINUE READING
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