Accession Number:

ADA239219

Title:

Reading: Interactions with Memory.

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 1 Mar 90-28 Feb 91,

Corporate Author:

NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-07-23

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

The research proposed that the representation of linguistic and contextual information be kept in working memory during reading or listening can be described as a discourse model, representing the concepts referenced in the discourse and the relations among them. The concepts in the model are hypothesized to vary in their accessibility, where accessibility is determined by the syntactic and pragmatic contexts in which the concept are introduced. Subsequent reference to a concept is a function of the interaction of the expression used to reference the concept and the concept itself. The experiments in this report demonstrate support for the discourse model view by showing that difficulty of comprehension for pronouns and the degree to which they are fully understood depends on syntactic and pragmatic variables that affect the accessibility of the pronouns intended referents.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE