Originally published in 1990, this comprehensive volume addresses the central issues of sentence and discourse processes, with particular emphasis placed on reading and listening comprehension. The text material is accessible to both upper-level undergraduate and graduate students and informative for professionals and educators. In this regard, this uncommon volume identifies the logic of both the specific experimental manipulations that are described, and the more general on-line and memory measures frequently invoked. The principles presented in the text are supported by hundreds of numbered and unnumbered examples, and by precise tables and figures.
Table of Contents
Preface 1 Introduction 2 Language and meaning: representing and remembering discourse 3 Syntax and parsing processes 4 The role of knowledge in language comprehension 5 Understanding coherent discourse 6 Theme 7 Inference processes 8 Understanding stories 9 Question answering and sentence verification 10 Natural language understanding by computers – and people References Author index Subject index Acknowledgments