Perspectives on Sentence Processing

Perspectives on Sentence Processing

Perspectives on Sentence Processing

Perspectives on Sentence Processing

Synopsis

One of the liveliest forums for sharing psychological, linguistic, philosophical, and computer science perspectives on psycholinguistics has been the annual meeting of the CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. Documenting the state of the art in several important approaches to sentence processing, this volume consists of selected papers that had been presented at the Sixth CUNY Conference. The editors not only present the main themes that ran through the conference but also honor the breadth of the presentations from disciplines including linguistics, experimental psychology, and computer science. The variety of sentence processing topics examined includes:

• how evoked brain potentials reflect sentence comprehension

• how auditory words are processed

• how various sources of grammatical and nongrammatical information are coordinated and used

• how sentence processing and language acquisition might be related.

This distinctive volume not only presents the most exciting current work in sentence processing, but also places this research into the broader context of theorizing about it.

Excerpt

One of the liveliest forums for sharing psychological, linguistic, philosophical, and computer science perspectives on psycholinguistics has been the annual meeting of the City University of New York (CUNY) Sentence Processing Conference. The initial meeting of this conference was held at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City in March 1988 and featured papers that represented nearly all the disciplines that contribute to psycholinguistics. Discussion of these papers repeatedly juxtaposed the insights of multiple disciplines, sometimes clashing, but more often complementing, one another. The next meeting of the conference added a poster session, at which participants learned how to distinguish the linguists' posters from the computer scientists' from the psychologists' by the style of their graphics and by the presence or absence of a pile of handouts. They also learned to dive into a poster from any discipline and expect to learn something interesting from it.

This interdisciplinary flavor has persisted through all the CUNY conferences that followed the initial one. The meeting of the sixth CUNY conference was held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in March 1993, giving the organizers at the CUNY Graduate Center a year's break. It held true to form. The papers and posters that were presented at this meeting represented the disciplines of linguistics, psychology, and computer science, many blending two or three disciplines in a single presentation. The organizers of this conference, who are the editors of this book, selected a subset of the presented papers and invited their authors to contribute them to a book. We intended to represent the main themes that ran through the 1993 conference, as well as honoring the breadth of presentations at the conference. We also hoped to highlight some of the most exciting current developments in the field of sentence processing, and even to glimpse . . .

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