The Role of Perspective Shifts for Processing and Translating Discourse Relations

Zufferey, Sandrine; Gygax, Pascal (2016). The Role of Perspective Shifts for Processing and Translating Discourse Relations. Discourse Processes, 53(7), pp. 532-555. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/0163853X.2015.1062839

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Previous research has suggested that some discourse relations are easier to convey implicitly than others due to cognitive biases in the interpretation of discourse. In this article we argue that relations involving a perspective shift, such as confirmation relations, are difficult to convey implicitly. We assess this claim with two empirical studies involving the ambiguous French connective en effet, which can either convey a causal relation or a confirmation relation. First, we compare the processing of implicit and explicit causal and confirmation relations conveyed by this connective in a self-paced reading experiment and show that removing the connective in confirmation relations disturbs processing. Second, we compare the percentage of implicit translations of en effet for both discourse relations across three target languages using parallel directional corpora and find that causal relations always lead to more implicit translations than confirmation relations.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Zufferey, Sandrine, Gygax, Pascal Mark


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
400 Language > 440 French & related languages
400 Language > 410 Linguistics




Taylor & Francis




Sandrine Zufferey

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10 Apr 2017 14:01

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02 Mar 2023 23:28

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