ERIC Number: ED339206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
The On-Line Investigation of Reading a Text: Methods and a Model.
Five methods for studying the process of reading a text are presented, and a model for discourse processing is outlined. Discourse processing refers to comprehension of the meaning underlying the verbal message. The methods discussed here investigate the reading process as it occurs, and focus on the amount of time taken to complete a task or function. They include paragraph reading time, sentence reading time, word reading time, eye movement recording, and the use of a reader-controlled text window on the computer screen to measure reading speed in relation to text type and structure. Advantages and disadvantages of the methods are noted. Four concepts needed to analyze discourse processing are defined, including semantic coherence, theme-rheme structure, subject-matter knowledge, and reading purpose. Then the process of discourse comprehension is outlined, with reference to four types of coherence: referential, within-sentence, topical, and functional. Five hypotheses concerning the processing of specific discourse structures are proposed. A 16-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Note: In: Sajavaara, Kari, Ed., and others. Finnish Psycholinguistic Papers V, Association of Applied Linguistics, Finland. p34-55. 1985.