Master of Science (MSc)
Faculty of Science
Grammatical aspect and temporal cues have been shown to impact discourse processing. To explore this further, we contrasted temporal adverbs that move narrative timelines forward or backward. Although previous research has examined timelines independently, it was yet to be explored how timeline adverbs impact discourse processing when grammatical aspect and temporal cues are also manipulated. The experiment involved a sentence-completion task which allowed us to measure availability of target discourse concepts in situation models. Results showed main effects for grammatical aspect, temporal shifts, and narrative timeline directions. Three two-way interactions were found. The results demonstrated support for the iconicity assumption and determined that grammatical aspect, time shifts, and narrative timeline direction in texts impact discourse processing.
Hemeon, Valerie, "Grammatical Aspect, Temporal Adverbs, and Situation Models" (2024). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 2621.