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288 pages | 16 B/W Illus.
What are the psychological processes involved in comprehending sentences? How do we process the structure of sentences and how do we understand their meaning? Do children, bilinguals and people with language impairments process sentences in the same way as healthy monolingual adults? These are just some of the many questions that sentence processing researchers have tried to answer by conducting ever more sophisticated experiments, making this one of the most productive and exciting areas in experimental language research in recent years.
This book is the first to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of this important field. It contains 10 chapters written by world-leading experts, which discuss influential theories of sentence processing and important experimental evidence, with a focus on recent developments in the area. The chapters also analyse research that has investigated how people process the structure and meaning of sentences, and how sentences are understood within their context.
This comprehensive and authoritative work will appeal to students and researchers in the field of sentence processing, as well anyone with an interest in psychology and linguistics.
Introduction L. Frazier, Early Syntactic Models K. McRae, K. Matsuki, Constraint-based Models of Sentence Processing, R. Levy, Memory and Surprisal in Human Sentence Comprehension, S. Frisson, M. J. Traxler, Semantic Interpretation of Sentences, M. J. Spivey, S. E. Anderson, T. A. Farmer, Putting Syntax in Context P. Sturt, Referential Processing in Sentences J. Snedeker, Children’s Sentence Processing L. Roberts, Sentence Processing in Bilinguals, D. Caplan, Sentence Processing and Comprehension in Atypical Populations.
Current Issues in the Psychology of Language is a series of edited books that will reflect the state-of-the-art in areas of current and emerging interest in the psychological study of language.
Each volume is tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.
Example topics include: language development, bilingualism and second language acquisition, word recognition, word meaning, text processing, the neuroscience of language, and language production, as well as the inter-relations between these topics.