ERIC Number: ED185540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Anaphora: A Cross Disciplinary Approach to Research and Theory.
Murphy, Mary Theresa
Anaphora, a linguistic structure that refers to previously mentioned or implied text, has been implicated as a possible cause of reading comprehension difficulty among children. Reading research has focused on the surface structures of anaphora (pronouns and noun demonstratives, for example) and has viewed comprehension of anaphora as a language learner's systematic acquisition of these various structures. Such an analysis ignores the fact that anaphora reflects a complex relationship between an anaphoric structure and its antecedent. Research in cognitive science reveals that in comprehending anaphora, readers must bring a range of social, factual, and logical, as well as linguistic knowledge to the text. Linguistic analysis of anaphora indicates that it plays an important role in text comprehension by linking the various parts of the text. The study of anaphora promises to provide information concerning the structure of texts and the psychological processes involved in text comprehension. (Appendixes contain anaphora experiment materials and a summary of a cohesion and coding scheme.) (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.