Asymmetries between Language Production and Comprehension: by Petra Hendriks

By Petra Hendriks

This publication asserts that language is a signaling approach instead of a code, established partially on such examine because the discovering that 5-year-old English and Dutch childrens use pronouns effectively of their personal utterances, yet frequently fail to interpret those varieties effectively while utilized by another individual.

Emphasizing the original and occasionally competing calls for of listener and speaker, the writer examines ensuing asymmetries among construction and comprehension. The textual content deals examples of the translation of notice order and pronouns via listeners, and note order freezing and referential selection by means of audio system. it really is explored why the standard symmetry breaks down in little ones but in addition occasionally in adults.

Gathering modern insights from theoretical linguistic study, psycholinguistic reviews and computational modeling, Asymmetries among Language creation and Comprehension presents a unified rationalization of this phenomenon.

“Through a lucid, complete overview of acquisition reviews on reference-related phenomena, Petra Hendriks builds a amazing case for the pervasiveness of asymmetries in comprehension/production. In her view, listeners systematically misunderstand what they pay attention, and audio system systematically fail to avoid such misunderstandings. She argues that linguistic conception may still take inventory of present psycholinguistic and developmental proof on optionality and ambiguity, and realize language as a signaling process. The arguments are compelling but debatable: grammar doesn't specify a one-to-one correspondence among shape and that means; and the calls for of the mapping activity range for listeners and audio system. Her inspiration is formalized inside optimality idea, yet researchers operating outdoors this framework will nonetheless locate it of significant curiosity. within the language-as-code vs. language-as-signal debate, Hendriks places the ball firmly within the different court.” Ana Pérez-Leroux, college of Toronto, Canada

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