Accessing Noun-Phrase Antecedents by Mira Ariel

By Mira Ariel

Gaining access to Noun-Phrase Antecedents bargains an intensive shift within the research of discourse anaphora, from a in basic terms pragmatic account to a cognitive account, when it comes to processing strategies. Mira Ariel defines referring expressions as markers signalling the measure of Accessibility in reminiscence of the antecedent. The concept of Accessibility is explicitly outlined, the the most important elements being the Salience of the antecedent, and the solidarity among the antecedent and the anaphor.
This research yields an unbelievable array of latest effects. the right distribution of referring expressions in real discourse is at once estimated. a number of universals of anaphoric relatives are acknowledged. therefore, even if now not all languages inevitably have an analogous markers, and nor do they assign them exactly the similar functionality, Ariel indicates that all of them obey a similar Accessibility marking hierarchy.
This booklet could be obligatory studying for a person with an curiosity within the semantics and pragmatics of referring expressions, within the interplay of semantics and pragmatics, and extra commonly within the interplay among peripheral and relevant cognitive platforms.

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Presumably, such clause connectivity / independence functions quite like paragraph segmentations. Separateness is a cue for the potential introduction of a New frame, hence an appropriate point for releasing material from working memory. e. paragraph boundaries, or 27 Introduction else, at what she termed ‘pragmatic paragraphs’, which she defined taking into account factors such as changes in point of view or consciousness, a considerable change of time, etc. Another criterion determining the Accessibility of a particular antecedent is Competition, namely the relative Saliency of an entity when compared with other potential antecedents.

2% 58=100% 79=100% 49=100% Summing up Low Accessibility marking, the findings suggest that a combination of a proper name with some modifier represents the lowest Accessibility. More substantial evidence was presented showing that full names are lower on the Accessibility scale than definite descriptions, though the latter can themselves be distinguished as to various degrees of Accessibility, depending on the amount of lexical inform ation they contain. We have also examined comparisons within proper names, the conclusion of which was that full names are lower Accessibility Markers, last 45 Discourse references names are somewhat higher, and first names are higher yet.

This process, whereby proper names become opaque, is like all historical changes, gradual, and not limited to the past. e. referring expressions which direct the addressee to identify a referent not by virtue of the content of the description they contain, but rather, by an arbitrary tie established between the referent representation and the name. We clearly have here an ongoing change, whereby the ‘nam ier’ a definite description, the more likely it is to get shortened, and to occur without a definite article (The United States -► United States, The Lebanon Lebanon).

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