Something old, something new: addressee knowledge and the given-new contract

Holly P. Branigan, Janet F. McLean, Hannah Reeve

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, July 31 - August 2 2003, Boston, Massachusetts
EditorsRichard Alterman, David Kirsh
Place of PublicationMahwah, NJ
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0805849912
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 20031 Aug 2003
Conference number: 25


Conference25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Abbreviated titleCogSci 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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