The cataphoric use of the indefinite this in spoken narratives.

@article{Gernsbacher1989TheCU,
  title={The cataphoric use of the indefinite this in spoken narratives.},
  author={Morton Ann Gernsbacher and S F Shroyer},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={1989},
  volume={17 5},
  pages={536-40}
}
Are concepts that were introduced with the unstressed, indefinite article this, as opposed to the indefinite a/an, more accessible from listeners' mental representations? Subjects heard and then verbally continued each of a series of informal narratives. The last clause of each narrative introduced a new noun phrase that began with either the indefinite this or the indefinite a/an (e.g., this egg or an egg). When the concepts were introduced with the indefinite this, the subjects referred to… CONTINUE READING

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