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AuthorDickey, Michael Walsh. author
TitleThe Processing of Tense [electronic resource] : Psycholinguistic Studies on the Interpretation of Tense and Temporal Relations / by Michael Walsh Dickey
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2001
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Descript XIII, 310 p. online resource


This work is a psycho linguistic investigation of the processing of tense (more specifically, the English past tense): When it is interpreted, how it is interpreted, and what it is interpreted with respect to. While there has been a great deal of attention paid to tense in the syntax and semantics literature, little work has been done on the details of the psychological processing of this category. The chief value and contribution of this book is to present a richly detailed in-depth study of the processing of tense in adult comprehension tasks, providing an excellent model of how to conceive of detailed experimental work against a background of sophisticated, deep, and broad linguistic theory. The discussion of the representational issues is deep and informative, and is directly brought to bear on experimental issues. The experiments aim to evaluate whether a hypothesis called "Parsimony," a highly plausible notion that has received tentative experimental support in other domains, is the chief controlling feature of the interpretation of tense. The experimental results presented quite consistently do not confirm the apparent predictions made by Parsimony, but rather tend to be more consistent with another view (which Parsimony is aimed at opposing) which holds that actual structural factors in the syntax of a sentence are a decisive factor. Along the way, the author considers a number of other plausible hypotheses as the experimental results are presented, but evaluating Parsimony remains the chief organizing principle of the line of research presented here


1: Introduction -- 2: Interpreting AspectP -- 3: Interpreting TenseP -- 4: Sequence of Tense and Simplicity -- 5: Conclusions and Remaining Questions -- Appendices -- Appendix A: Materials for Study 1, Preposing and Aspect Interpretation -- Appendix B: Materials for Study 2, Preposing and Aspect Interpretation Redux -- Appendix C: Materials for Study 3, Temporal Context Clash -- Appendix D: Materials for Study 4, Minimal Events and TP Interpretation -- Appendix E: Materials for Study 5, Sot Pilot Questionnaire -- Appendix F: Materials for Study 6, Sot Questionnaire: Adverb Effects -- Appendix G: Materials for Study 7, Sot On-Line -- References

Linguistics Artificial intelligence Psycholinguistics Semantics Linguistics Psycholinguistics Semantics Theoretical Linguistics Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics)


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