Anaphors and Local Coherences


We present two visual world studies indicating that local syn- tactic coherences interact with binding constraints (Chomsky, 1981) of both reflexives and pronouns. Gazes to depicted ref- erents or events suggest that when sentences containing a local coherence with a pronoun or reflexive are presented, locally coherent antecedents become activated. Our results strengthen the assumption that local syntactic coherences are interpreted and extend the effect to online anaphora resolution and com- plementary binding constraints.

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