Language Processing by Simon C. Garrod, Martin J. Pickering

By Simon C. Garrod, Martin J. Pickering

Language Processing questions what occurs after we procedure language - what psychological operations take place in the course of processing and the way they're organised over the years. the decade has visible genuine advances within the learn of language processing that experience huge ranging implications for human cognition normally. Language Processing supplies an account of those advancements either as they relate to experimental reports of processing and as they relate to computational modelling of the techniques. as well as chapters masking center subject matters, resembling lexical processing, syntactic parsing and the comprehension of discourse, particular themes of modern curiosity also are incorporated.

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The chapter considers a range of evidence that suggests a morphological as opposed to lexical basis for early semantic analysis. This is an important and controversial move towards a more linguistic treatment of lexical meaning than that adopted by most cognitive psychologists. We introduced this first part of the book in the context of a historical debate between modularists and interactionists. In fact, as becomes apparent in most of the chapters, the current debate has moved a long way from any simple contrast between modular and interactional processing.

He then considers studies that investigate the role of prosody in syntactic disambiguation and semantic interpretation, and relates them to the question of how prosodic information is integrated with other sources of information within the processor. Part 3, on computational processes considers some of the ways in which aspects of language processing can be described at a more computational level. Recent research makes it very clear that a detailed understanding of the system is simply not possible without a considerable understanding of the computational issues that underlie it.

A particularly important problem is with the interpretation of referential expressions, such as pronouns, which link one sentence to another through common reference to things in the world. Pronouns present a processing challenge because they are almost always multiply ambiguous. For example, the they below could in principle refer to a number of different groups of people on the basis of what has already been said. (2) Mary, John, and the lodger went for a walk with the children. They . . (3) .

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