Reference Processes in Intensional Contexts

  • Francesca Delugo


This paper presents two reading experiments investigating reference processes in intensional contexts. Both studies employ sentence pairs containing a definite NP whose potential antecedent is embedded in an intensional context, where definite anaphora is not supported. Previous work on this topic has shown that the interpretation of such sentences elicit a cost in terms of reading times, because readers undertake inferential or revision processes to derive a coherent text representation. The results of the experiments, however, do not support these accounts. Instead, they are consistent with a new theoretical development based on the notion of non-actuality implicature (Frazier 2008).
How to Cite
Delugo, F. (2019). Reference Processes in Intensional Contexts. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 13(1), 125-140.