research product . Other ORP type . 2018

Predictive language processing revealing usage-based variation

Verhagen, Véronique (Tilburg University); Mos, Maria (Tilburg University); Backus, Ad (Tilburg University); Schilperoord, Joost (Tilburg University);
  • Published: 01 Jan 2018
  • Publisher: DataverseNL
While theories on predictive processing posit that predictions are based on one’s prior experiences, experimental work has effectively ignored the fact that people differ from each other in their linguistic experiences and, consequently, in the predictions they generate. We examine usage-based variation by means of three groups of participants (recruiters, job-seekers, and people not (yet) looking for a job), two stimuli sets (word sequences characteristic of either job ads or news reports), and two experiments (a Completion task and a Voice Onset Time task). We show that differences in experiences with a particular register result in different expectations rega...
free text keywords: Arts and Humanities, Other, cloze probabilities, completion task, individual differences, surprisal, voice onset times, Humanities
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