ERIC Number: EJ431391
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1991
The Use of Higher-Level Constraints in Monitoring for a Change in Speaker Demonstrates Functionally Distinct Levels of Representation in Discourse Comprehension.
Townsend, David J.; Bever, Thomas G.
Language and Cognitive Processes, v6 n1 p49-77 1991
The assumption that pragmatic probability facilitates the processing of lower linguistic levels is tested and disproved. Two experiments demonstrate that detection of acoustic properties that distinguish two speakers is harder in more pragmatically probable sentences and indicate that discourse- and sentence-level representations are functionally distinct during comprehension. (57 references) (JL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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