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ERIC Number: EJ1071464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
A Narrative-Expectation-Based Approach to Temporal Update in Discourse Comprehension
Dery, Jeruen E.; Koenig, Jean-Pierre
Discourse Processes: A multidisciplinary journal, v52 n7 p559-584 2015
This study concerns the mechanisms involving temporal update in discourse comprehension, comparing traditional approaches based on "Aktionsart" and Iconicity against an approach based on narrative expectations. Our experiments suggest that readers pay more attention to fine-grained discourse properties (such as salient temporal boundaries and event complexity) pertaining to the eventualities they encounter in the narrative in determining whether narrative time will be moved or not as opposed to strictly adhering to coarse-grained defaults imposed by "Aktionsart" and Iconicity. These results suggest a more active view of discourse comprehension, where readers actively generate expectations about when the next-mentioned eventuality is likely to take place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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