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On the impact of clause order on pronoun resolution: evidence from Spanish

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dc.contributor.author Rocafiguera Montanyà, Núria de
dc.contributor.author Bel, Aurora
dc.date.accessioned 2023-03-23T07:05:31Z
dc.date.available 2023-03-23T07:05:31Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation de Rocafiguera N, Bel A. On the impact of clause order on pronoun resolution: evidence from Spanish. Folia Linguistica. 2021;56(1):1-24. DOI: 10.1515/flin-2021-2002
dc.identifier.issn 0168-647X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/56331
dc.description.abstract In research on intra-sentential pronominal anaphora resolution in null subject languages, it has been argued that null pronouns tend to be biased towards subject antecedents, whereas overt pronouns tend to prefer object antecedents, as predicted by Carminati’s ‘Position of the Antecedent Hypothesis’. However, these studies have mainly focused on only one of the two possible clause orders (main-subordinate or subordinate-main), which have not been overtly contrasted. This paper investigates the effects of clause order on the interpretation of third-person subject pronouns in globally ambiguous intra-sentential contexts by 49 native speakers of Spanish. The results of an acceptability judgment task explicitly comparing both clause orders indicate that relative clause order is a key factor affecting the interpretation of pronouns: while a preference of overt pronouns for object antecedents holds across clause orders, null pronouns show a bias towards subject antecedents only in subordinate-main sequences. These findings refine the Position of the Antecedent Hypothesis predictions by restricting them to subordinate-main complex sentences.
dc.description.sponsorship This research has been supported by research grants awarded by the Spanish State Research Agency (FFI2016-75082-P and PID2020- 114276GB-I00) and by the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants through the FI program (2020FI_B2_00081).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher De Gruyter
dc.relation.ispartof Folia Linguistica. 2021;56(1):1-24.
dc.rights © De Gruyter Published version available at http://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/flin-2021-2002/html http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/flin-2021-2002
dc.title On the impact of clause order on pronoun resolution: evidence from Spanish
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/flin-2021-2002
dc.subject.keyword anaphora resolution
dc.subject.keyword clause order
dc.subject.keyword interpretive judgments
dc.subject.keyword Spanish
dc.subject.keyword subject pronouns
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/PID2020-114276GB-I00
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/FFI2016-75082-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


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