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ERIC Number: EJ855691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
The Activation and Instantiation of Instrumental Inferences
Harmon-Vukic, Mary; Gueraud, Sabine; Lassonde, Karla A.; O'Brien, Edward J.
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v46 n5 p467-490 Sep 2009
Participants read a series of passages containing an action that required the use of an instrument. In Experiment 1, a naming task failed to detect activation of a target instrument when that instrument was supported in the preceding text. In Experiment 2, reading times were slow on a target sentence that contradicted the inferential information, indicating that instrument information had been activated. The combination of the results from Experiments 1 and 2 are consistent with the view that activation involves a set of features of a concept, not a specific lexical item. The results from Experiment 3 and 4 demonstrated the role of contextual support in the activation and instantiation of instrumental inferences. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire