Pragmatic Apparatus – Interpreting pragmatic markers following proverbs.

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Abstract by Ferretti, Todd R. Hall, Deanna C. Mansour, Fadi

This research examined the interpretation of the pragmatic markers literally and figuratively when they followed familiar and unfamiliar proverbs (e.g., “Birds of a feather will flock together, literally”). Event-related brain potential methodology was used to measure costs associated with interpreting the markers during online comprehension, and an offline task provided additional insight into how sensible the markers were in the proverbial contexts. N400 potentials revealed that literally was less semantically congruent than figuratively with familiar and unfamiliar proverbial contexts, and differences in late positive potentials showed that resolving the interpretation of markers inconsistent with the salient meaning of the proverbs was more difficult following unfamiliar than familiar proverbs. Sensibility ratings showed that literally was less sensible than figuratively following both types of proverbs, and that both markers were more sensible following familiar proverbs. These results have implications for understanding how people interpret the pragmatic intent of these markers when they appear after the figurative statements they modify, and highlight the sensitivity of the markers to context. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Publication: Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Jun, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: Interpretation, Pragmatic Markers, Proverbs (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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