Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics

Asymmetries between Language Production and Comprehension

Authors: Hendriks, Petra

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  • Offers the first unified explanation of several asymmetries between language production and language comprehension
  • Asserts that grammar is shaped by the competition between the speaker’s perspective and the hearer’s perspective
  • Combines insights in theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics and computational modeling on the organization, use and acquisition of language
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This book asserts that language is a signaling system rather than a code, based in part on such research as the finding that 5-year-old English and Dutch children use pronouns correctly in their own utterances, but often fail to interpret these forms correctly when used by someone else.

Emphasizing the unique and sometimes competing demands of listener and speaker, the author examines resulting asymmetries between production and comprehension. The text offers examples of the interpretation of word order and pronouns by listeners, and word order freezing and referential choice by speakers. It is explored why the usual symmetry breaks down in children but also sometimes in adults.

Gathering contemporary insights from theoretical linguistic research, psycholinguistic studies and computational modeling, Asymmetries between Language Production and Comprehension presents a unified explanation of this phenomenon.

“Through a lucid, comprehensive review of acquisition studies on reference-related phenomena, Petra Hendriks builds a striking case for the pervasiveness of asymmetries in comprehension/production. In her view, listeners systematically misunderstand what they hear, and speakers systematically fail to prevent such misunderstandings. She argues that linguistic theory should take stock of current psycholinguistic and developmental evidence on optionality and ambiguity, and recognize language as a signaling system. The arguments are compelling yet controversial: grammar does not specify a one-to-one correspondence between form and meaning; and the demands of the mapping task differ for listeners and speakers. Her proposal is formalized within optimality theory, but researchers working outside this framework will still find it of great interest. In the language-as-code vs. language-as-signal debate, Hendriks puts the ball firmly in the other court.” Ana Pérez-Leroux, University of Toronto, Canada

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Asymmetries between Language Production and Comprehension
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Series Volume
42
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6901-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6901-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6900-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8508-2
Series ISSN
1873-0043
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 234
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