ERIC Number: ED120880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Temporal Constraints on the Processing of Linguistic Transformations in Connected Discourse.
Shellen, Wesley N.
Linguistic models, especially the derivational theory of complexity, partially explain human comprehension of isolated sentences but not connected discourse. Two versions of a message, one entirely active sentences, the other entirely passive were written to compare transformational complexity. Subjects heard the messages at normal (150 wpm) rates or compressed rates (250 wpm) to constrain processing time. All 108 subjects, including control subjects who heard no messages, completed cloze tests. The results failed to support the use of linguistic models to predict comprehension of natural language in connected discourse. Differences in findings of experiments using isolated sentences versus experiments using connected discourse as stimuli are not simple explainable as a function of greater processing time available to subjects hearing connected discourse. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Portland, Oregon, April 1976)