Social cues and the interpretation of ambiguous pronouns by bilingual speakers

Fabiola Tortajada, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

Gestures are a crucial part of communication as they aid listeners in identifying meaning in conversation. The present study investigates the relationship between attention-direction gestures and the interpretation of discourse information in bilingual and monolingual speakers. ^ Most research to this day has focus on the production of non-verbal cues in bilingual speakers, while the domain in comprehension of non-verbal cues has not yet been explored in this population. The aim of the present study is to contribute to filling this gap, by examining how bilingual speakers use attention-directing cues, such as Looking and Pointing, when they interpret discourse information (i.e., ambiguous pronouns) provided either by a native or a non-native speaker.^

Subject Area

Linguistics

Recommended Citation

Tortajada, Fabiola, "Social cues and the interpretation of ambiguous pronouns by bilingual speakers" (2016). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10250120.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI10250120

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