Linguistic and cognitive factors in effective referential communication
This project investigates how communication develops across the life-span: how it becomes more efficient from childhood to adulthood and starts to decline in old age.
About the project
Saying enough, without saying too much: Linguistic and cognitive factors in effective referential communication.
Reference is a fundamental aspect of human communication. From infants’ early pointing gestures to the formulation of complex referential expressions (e.g., ‘the large cookie jar on the top shelf’), speakers must develop linguistic and cognitive abilities that allow them to refer to the world around them in effective ways. The focus of this research project is on the development of those abilities that make for effective referential communication; in particular, linguistic factors (e.g., the effect of sentence structure) and cognitive factors (e.g., memory capacity).
The project will investigate the development of effective referential abilities across the lifespan (from primary school to old age) using interactive tasks and eye-tracking Methods.