Semantic and Structural Constraints on the Resolution of Ambiguous Personal Pronouns - A Psycholinguistic Study

  • Miriam Ellert
  • Anke Holler
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7099)


We present a series of on- and off-line experiments to investigate the influence of semantic and structural constraints on the resolution of subject pronouns in German, thereby revealing inconsistencies of previous studies. On the basis of factors like (in-)animacy, the presence/absence of different types of connectors and clausal structure (coordination versus subordination) we show in which way structural and semantic information interact in inter- and intra-sentential anaphor resolution.


pronoun resolution animacy connectives discourse processing visual world eye-tracking referent assignment sentence completion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Ellert
    • 1
  • Anke Holler
    • 1
  1. 1.Courant Research Centre “Text Structures”University of GöttingenGermany

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