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Linguistic Cues and Firing Guns: Some Background on a Registered Replication Report

Today the second Registered Replication Report (RRR) was published in Perspectives on Psychological Science.  I am one of its authors. Here is some background on the project. I'll take you on a brief trip across three fields: linguistics, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. I'll discuss the results of the RRR and conclude with some lessons learned. Language is a tool with which we can “shape events in each other’s brains with exquisite precision” [1]. Linguistic analysis shows how subtle a tool language is. Take for example grammatical aspect . We can describe the same event by saying He was running to the finish line or by saying He ran to the finish line. Linguists have argued that these utterances “construe” the event differently [2]. Whereas the past progressive ( was running ) opens up the internal structure of the event, the simple past ( ran ) describes the event as completed. To get a better feel for this distinction, let's append a clause to the s