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Event Structure Influences Language Production: Evidence from Structural Priming in Motion Event Description.
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PMID:  24072953     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This priming study investigates the role of conceptual structure during language production, probing whether English speakers are sensitive to the structure of the event encoded by a prime sentence. In two experiments, participants read prime sentences aloud before describing motion events. Primes differed in 1) syntactic frame, 2) degree of lexical and conceptual overlap with target events, and 3) distribution of event components within frames. Results demonstrate that conceptual overlap between primes and targets led to priming of (a) the information that speakers chose to include in their descriptions of target events, (b) the way that information was mapped to linguistic elements, and (c) the syntactic structures that were built to communicate that information. When there was no conceptual overlap between primes and targets, priming was not successful. We conclude that conceptual structure is a level of representation activated during priming, and that it has implications for both Message Planning and Linguistic Formulation.
Ann Bunger; Anna Papafragou; John C Trueswell
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Title:  Journal of memory and language     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0749-596X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Mem Lang     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
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Created Date:  2013-9-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8606159     Medline TA:  J Mem Lang     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  299-323     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychology, University of Delaware, 105 The Green, Room 108, Newark, DE 19716 USA.
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