ERIC Number: ED056592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Paragraph Structure and Paragraph Comprehension. Final Report.
Crothers, Edward J.
This report presents a summary of the research designed to develop a psycholinguistics of comprehension and memory for meaningful written prose paragraphs. The approach departs from most previous ones by seeking to formulate an explicit theory, instead of relying on informal qualitative judgments as to paragraph structure, the scoring of data, and the processes of comprehension and memory. The paper discusses overall methodological principles and assumptions designed to yeild as results the specific representations of paragraphs and presents a means for psycholinguistic structural analysis of the paragraph. Experiments intended to aid in perfecting the methodology are described along with results which provide an objective and complete method for scoring recall protocols. A bibliography is included. (Author/VM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Comprehension, Connected Discourse, Deep Structure, Descriptive Linguistics, Experiments, Language Research, Memory, Paragraph Composition, Paragraphs, Prose, Psycholinguistics, Psychology, Recall (Psychology), Semantics, Structural Analysis, Surface Structure, Syntax
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder.