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ERIC Number: EJ908405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0285
Time in Language: Event Duration in Language Comprehension
Coll-Florit, Marta; Gennari, Silvia P.
Cognitive Psychology, v62 n1 p41-79 Feb 2011
This work investigates how we process and represent event duration in on-line language comprehension. Specifically, it examines how events of different duration are processed and what type of knowledge underlies their representations. Studies 1-4 examined verbs and phrases in different contexts. They showed that durative events took longer to process than non-durative events and that the duration attributed to the stimulus events correlated with on-line processing times. Studies 5 and 6 indicated that durative events occur in semantically more diverse contexts and elicit semantically more diverse associations than non-durative events. Semantic and contextual diversity also correlated with attributed durations and processing times. Results indicate that (a) event-specific durations are computed on-line from multiple unfolding cues, (b) processing cost and duration representations emerge from semantic and contextual diversity reflecting our experience, and (c) key components of duration representations may be situation-specific knowledge of causal and contingency relations between events. (Contains 6 tables and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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