Although speakers in a dialogue are known to design utterances cooperatively with respect to meaning, less is known about audience design with respect to syntax. We report two picture verification experiments that investigated the production of Given-New ordering when speakers' and addressees' knowledge differed. In both experiments, speakers produced word orders that reflected their own but not their addressees' knowledge states. We suggest that speakers do not engage in audience design for aspects of their utterances which they do not consider to be necessary for adequate communication.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, July 31 - August 2 2003, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Editors||Richard Alterman, David Kirsh|
|Place of Publication||Mahwah, NJ|
|Publisher||Lawrence Erlbaum Associates|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, United States|
Duration: 30 Jul 2003 → 1 Aug 2003
Conference number: 25
|Conference||25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society|
|Abbreviated title||CogSci 2003|
|Period||30/07/03 → 1/08/03|
Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F., & Reeve, H. (2003). Something old, something new: addressee knowledge and the given-new contract. In R. Alterman, & D. Kirsh (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, July 31 - August 2 2003, Boston, Massachusetts (pp. 180-185). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.