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Title: How speakers adapt object descriptions to listeners under load
Author(s): Vogels, Jorrig
Howcroft, David M.
Tourtouri, Elli
Demberg, Vera
Language: English
Title: Language, cognition and neuroscience
Volume: 35
Issue: 1
Startpage: 78
Endpage: 92
Publisher/Platform: Taylor & Francis
Year of Publication: 2019
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: A controversial issue in psycholinguistics is the degree to which speakers employ audience design during language production. Hypothesising that a consideration of the listener’s needs is particularly relevant when the listener is under cognitive load, we had speakers describe objects for a listener performing an easy or a difficult simulated driving task. We predicted that speakers would introduce more redundancy in their descriptions in the difficult driving task, thereby accommodating the listener’s reduced cognitive capacity. The results showed that speakers did not adapt their descriptions to a change in the listener’s cognitive load. However, speakers who had experienced the driving task themselves before and who were presented with the difficult driving task first were more redundant than other speakers. These findings may suggest that speakers only consider the listener’s needs in the presence of strong enough cues, and do not update their beliefs about these needs during the task.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1080/23273798.2019.1648839
URL of the first publication: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23273798.2019.1648839
Link to this record: hdl:20.500.11880/29694
http://dx.doi.org/10.22028/D291-30958
ISSN: 2327-3798
2327-3801
Date of registration: 22-Sep-2020
Faculty: MI - Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
Department: MI - Informatik
Professorship: MI - Prof. Dr. Vera Demberg
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