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Title: A bathtub by any other name: the reduction of German compounds in predictive contexts
Author(s): Zarcone, Alessandra
Demberg, Vera
Language: English
Title: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society : Volume 43
Pages: 749-755
Year of Publication: 2021
Place of the conference: Vienna, Austria
Free key words: psycholinguistics
information theory
DDC notations: 400 Language, linguistics
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: The Uniform Information Density hypothesis (UID) predicts that lexical choice between long and short word forms depends on the predictability of the referent in context, and recent studies have shown such an effect of predictability on lexical choice during online production. We here set out to test whether the UID predictions hold up in a related setting, but different language (German) and different phenomenon, namely the choice between compounds (e.g. Badewanne / bathtub) or their base forms (Wanne / tub). Our study is consistent with the UID: we find that participants choose the shorter base form more often in predictive contexts, showing an active tendency to be information-theoretically efficient.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-386528
ISSN: 1069-7977
Date of registration: 4-Jan-2023
Faculty: MI - Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
Department: MI - Informatik
Professorship: MI - Prof. Dr. Vera Demberg
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