Tourtouri, Elli; Sikos, Les; Crocker, Matthew W.
Referential Entropy influences Overspecification: Evidence from Production
31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, UC Davis, Davis CA, USA, 2018.
Specificity in referential communication
- Grice’s Maxim of Quantity : Speakers should produce only informa9on that is strictly necessary for identifying the target
- However, it is possible to establish reference with either minimally-specified (MS; precise) or over-specified (OS; redundant) expressions
- Moreover, speakers overspecify frequently and systematically [e.g., 2-6]
Q: Why do people overspecificy?