Language Comprehension As Structure Building
This book presents a new theoretical framework -- what Gernsbacher calls the Structure Building Framework -- for understanding language comprehension in particular, and cognitive processing in general. According to this framework, the goal in comprehending both linguistic and nonlinguistic materials is to build a coherent mental representation or "structure" of the information being comprehended. As such, the underlying processes and mechanisms of structure building are viewed as general, cognitive processes and mechanisms. The strength of the volume lies in its empirical detail: a thorough literature review and solid original data.
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The Advantage of First Mention
Is the Advantage lost when first and secondmentioned
The Advantage of First Mention
Do first clauses form the foundation for their sentencelevel
Do comprehenders represent clausal dependencies?
The Communicative Function
Does Referential Coherence facilitate mapping?
Do more explicit pronouns trigger suppression more powerfully?
What about other levels of anaphoric explicitness?
Why are the mechanisms of suppression and enhancement
Do cataphoric devices improve their concepts
Are cataphorically marked concepts more resistant
Suppression and Enhancement
Individual Differences in Accessing
Does Causal Coherence facilitate mapping?
Do comprehenders quickly forget information after crossing
Why do comprehenders quickly forget the exact form
Do comprehenders build separate substructures to represent
Are inappropriate meanings mutually inhibited?
Does suppression dampen less relevant associations
How does an anaphoras referent become most activated?
Why are concepts as activated before pronouns as after?
Individual Differences in Shifting
Are lessskilled comprehenders less efficient at suppressing
Individual Differences in Enhancement
In what medium are mental structures and substructures
What is lost by describing language comprehension at
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