ERIC Number: ED409555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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The Measurement of Perspective Change through Textual Movement Patterns. Cognitive Science Research No. 59.
A new approach to the study of text building behavior is possible through the application of Scanator. This paper consists of a demonstration of some of its fundamental functions. These are suitable in a study of text building. The basic concepts, expressed through an analysis of a small part of an interview text, derive from a thermodynamic treatment of text building. In a first phase, text material is transposed and arranged for automatic processing. Constituent of this phase are five components. A second phase is associated with joining and linking processes. At the kinetic level they provide for the book-keeping of reversible and irreversible flows. Through channelling of textual elements, supplementary operations fill out all places where textual material is lacking. The second phase terminates when all involved processes have reached their steady states. Strings of graphemes give rise to larger functional units through partial qualifications. Results demonstrate how points relate at various distances, pressures, and forces; and that points of different kind are separable when the distance measures reach their critical limit. At this limit, a third phase comes into existence. Processing during this phase concerns the assembling of point into natural groups and the naming of these groups. That verbal flow processes can be specified at the kinetic level suggests that point attractors can be named. When the curvatures of point attractors lean toward a virtual midpoint it becomes possible to demonstrate their state attractor. Results show that a state attractor is the proper constraint of its underlying kinetic processes. Contains 11 references, and 11 tables and 8 figures of data. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Cognitive Science Research.