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Jeanette Gundel and Nancy Hedberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331639.001.0001

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Reference, Centers, and Transitions in Spoken Spanish

Reference, Centers, and Transitions in Spoken Spanish

(p.176) 8 Reference, Centers, and Transitions in Spoken Spanish

Maite Taboada

Oxford University Press

The goal of this chapter is to examine the relationship between Centering transitions (Grosz et al., 1995) and choice of referring expression. For that purpose, analyses based in Centering Theory were carried out in two different corpora of spoken Spanish. The corpus analysis confirms reports in previous literature about what is the typical choice of referring expression. In some cases, however, the referring expression chosen violates expectation, or does not follow what other researchers have found (e.g. a proper name is used when a pronoun is expected). In those cases, the most likely explanation is that other constraints related to spoken language are at play (turn-taking and grounding).

Keywords:   referring expression, corpus analysis, Centering Theory, spoken language, Spanish

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