Referential coherence in first and second language learners

In this research, it was investigated how monolingual and bilingual learners of German between the age of 5 and 10 resolve anaphoric pronouns. A visual world paradigm was employed to measure what parts of a visual stimulus participants attend to while presented with short spoken texts, in which a sentence that starts with a gender encoding anaphoric pronoun follows a sentence in which two referents are mentioned. Both referents were always unambiguously distinguishable by sexus (the king, the fairy). To shed light on pre- and post-pronominal processing, we manipulated the syntactic role of the referents in the preceding sentence to which the personal pronoun referred.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.privacy policy