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Pronouns in Catalan: Games of Partial Information and the Use of Linguistic Resources.
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PMID:  20161616     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This paper investigates the variation between null and overt subject pronouns in Catalan, a null subject language. We account for this variation in game-theoretical terms: that is, we analyze the distribution of both overt and null pronouns as a result of the strategic interaction between participants in a communicative exchange.First, we examine the Position of Antecedent Hypothesis (PAH), as put forward by Carminati (2002). This hypothesis proposes that null and overt pronouns have different biases: null pronouns prefer antecedents in subject positions, while overt pronouns prefer antecedents in non-subject positions. Carminati (2002) tested the PAH for Italian in a variety of intrasentential contexts. In this paper, we show experimentally that the PAH also holds for Catalan even in across-sentence contexts. In the second place, we also show how the PAH can be naturally redefined as a game of partial information, in which speaker and hearer are trying to communicate. This redefinition does not just translate the PAH into a different notation, but it extends the PAH into a model that makes more accurate predictions, since it can account also for the cases in which the biases predicted by the PAH are not obeyed.
Laia Mayol; Robin Clark
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pragmatics     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1879-1387     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-7-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9877612     Medline TA:  J Pragmat     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  781-799     Citation Subset:  -    
619 Williams Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
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R01 NS044266-01A2//NINDS NIH HHS

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