The Influence of Conceptual Number in Coreference Establishing: An ERP Study on Brazilian and European Portuguese

Juliana Feiden

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    Number agreement depends on two kinds of information: grammatical and conceptual information. And, generally, they converge. However, for collective nouns, syntactic and conceptual number do not match. When collective nouns are involved in coreference establishing, the pronoun agrees with the noun’s conceptual number, thus creating a number disagreement (e.g. the bandSG played last night. TheyPL were great). This PhD Thesis aims to investigate how conceptual number affects coreference establishing and we explore such linguistic phenomena in both Brazilian (partial pro-drop) and European Portuguese (pro-drop). We also investigate whether intra and inter-sentential processing affects the way conceptual number influences coreference establishing.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    • Bastiaanse, Roelien, Supervisor
    • Miceli, Gabriele, Supervisor, External person
    • Popov, Srdan, Co-supervisor
    Award date4-Jun-2020
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Print ISBNs978-94-034-2741-6
    Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-2742-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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