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Data on comprehension of indexical pronouns

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This study aims to explore how language is understood and how adult speakers determine the correct meaning for pronouns (e.g. I, you, he). When we hear pronouns we use both context and restrictions particular to the language we are speaking to determine who a pronoun refers to. For example, in English "I" must always refer to the speaker, unless it is used in a quotation. This is not the case in every language. Therefore, the main aim of our research is to explore when children are able to...

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Department:
Linguistics Philology
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Researcher
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Researcher
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Principal Investigator
Publisher:
University of Oxford
Publication date:
2016
Spatial coverage:
Oxford
Data collected:
2015-01-10 - 2015-10-31
Language:
English
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Digital
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All participants were adults who were native speakers of any variety of English. The study was conducted in October 2015 in the Language and Brain Lab, University of Oxford. Procedure The participant was sat down in front of a laptop on a table. On the screen they saw several stick figure characters, who were presented in different scenes with different objects. At the beginning of the experiment, the participant was introduced to each of the characters and to a narrator. The narrator was a... Expand documentation

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