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dc.contributor.authorYin, Jun
dc.contributor.authorCsibra, Gergely
dc.contributor.authorTatone, Denis
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-31T12:32:51Z
dc.date.available2023-08-31T12:32:51Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.issn0010-0277
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.cognition.2022.105248
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14018/14122
dc.description.abstractAcross languages, GIVE and TAKE verbs have different syntactic requirements: GIVE mandates a patient argument to be made explicit in the clause structure, whereas TAKE does not. Experimental evidence suggests that this asymmetry is rooted in prelinguistic assumptions about the minimal number of event participants that each action entails. The present study provides corroborating evidence for this proposal by investigating whether the observation of giving and taking actions modulates the inclusion of patients in the represented event. Participants were shown events featuring an agent (A) transferring an object to, or collecting it from, an animate target (B) or an inanimate target (a rock), and their sensitivity to changes in pair composition (AB vs. AC) and action role (AB vs. BA) was measured. Change sensitivity was affected by the type of target approached when the agent transferred the object (Experiment 1), but not when she collected it (Experiment 2), or when an outside force carried out the transfer (Experiment 3). Although these object-displacing actions could be equally interpreted as interactive (i.e., directed towards B), this construal was adopted only when B could be perceived as putative patient of a giving action. This evidence buttresses the proposal that structural asymmetries in giving and taking, as reflected in their syntactic requirements, may originate from prelinguistic assumptions about the minimal event participants required for each action to be teleologically well-formed.
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.rightsCC BY 4.0
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectGivingen_US
dc.subjectTakingen_US
dc.subjectChange detectionen_US
dc.subjectBindingen_US
dc.subjectEvent representationen_US
dc.titleStructural asymmetries in the representation of giving and taking eventsen_US
dc.typeJournal article
dc.source.journaltitleCognition
dc.source.volume229
dc.source.spage1
dc.source.epage8
dc.description.versionPublished version
refterms.dateFOA2023-09-01T02:05:09Z
dc.contributor.unitDepartment of Cognitive Science


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