This volume provides an excellent overview of the field of discourse processes, capturing both its breadth and its depth. World-renowned researchers present the latest theoretical developments and thought-provoking empirical data. In doing so, they cover a broad range of communicative activities, including text comprehension, conversational communication, argumentation, television or media viewing, and more.
A central theme across all chapters concerns the notion that coherence determines the interpretation of the communication. The various chapters illustrate the many forms that coherence can take, and explore its role in different communicative settings.
"...these essays provide an excellent introduction to some of the major themes and issues in current theoretical debates concerning text comprehension. In addition, however, the contributors to this volume succeed at demonstrating how basic psychological research on narrative comprehensions can contribute to the solution of important, practically relevant problems in a variety of applied settings."
—Applied Cogntive Psychology