Cognitive load does not decrease pronoun use when speaker’s and addressee’s perspectives are dissociated

Vogels, J., Krahmer, E. & Maes, A., 2013, The 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics. Knauff, M., Sebanz, N., Pauen, M. & Wachsmuth, I. (eds.). Wiesbaden: Cognitive Science Society, 7 p.

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It has been suggested that a referent’s accessibility is affected by the degree to which it is in the speaker’s attention. Assuming that less accessible referents are less likely to be pronominalized, this predicts that speakers under cognitive load use more elaborate referring expressions. However, speakers under load may also have difficulty taking into account their addressee’s perspective, which may either lead to more use of the speaker’s own discourse model or to more economic expressions. To tease these effects apart, we conducted a story completion experiment in which cognitive load was manipulated by the presence or absence of a secondary task for the speaker. In addition,we dissociated the speaker’s and the addressee’s perspectives. Our results do not provide evidence for the hypothesis that cognitive load reduces the accessibility of referents in the speaker’s own discourse model, suggesting that speaker attention does not determine accessibility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Subtitle of host publicationCooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics
EditorsM. Knauff, N. Sebanz, M. Pauen, I. Wachsmuth
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-62993-081-7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 31-Jul-20133-Aug-2013


Conference35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society


35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society


Berlin, Germany

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