Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages by Barbara HemforthPsycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages by Barbara Hemforth

Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across Languages

byBarbara HemforthEditorBarbara Mertins, Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen

Hardcover | July 16, 2014

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Reports on joint work by researchers from different theoretical and linguistic backgrounds offer new insights on the interaction of linguistic code and context in language production and comprehension. This volume takes a genuinely cross-linguistic approach integrating theoretically well-founded contrastive descriptions with thorough empirical investigations. Authors answer questions on the topic of how we 'encode' complex thoughts into linguistic signals and how we interpret such signals in appropriate ways. Chapters combine on- and off-line empirical methods varying from large-scale corpus analyses over acceptability judgements, sentence completion studies and reading time experiments. The authors shed new light on the central questions related to our everyday use of language, especially the problem of how we construe meaning in and through language in general as well as through the means provided by particular languages.
Title:Psycholinguistic Approaches to Meaning and Understanding across LanguagesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:251 pagesPublished:July 16, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bart Geurts.- Chapter 1: Introduction: Meaning across Languages By Barbara Hemforth, Barbara Mertins, Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen.- Chapter 2: Understanding Coordinate Clauses: A Cross-Linguistic Experimental Approach By Bergljot Behrens, Barbara Mertins, Barbara Hemforth, and Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen.- Chapter 3: Pairing Form and Meaning in English and Norwegian: Conjoined VPs or Conjoined Clauses? By Bergljot Behrens, Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen, Lyn Frazier.- Chapter 4: Cross-linguistic Variation in the Processing of Aspect By Oliver Bott, Fritz Hamm.- Chapter 5: Referring Expressions in Speech Reports By Kaja Borthen, Barbara Hemforth, Barbara Mertins, Bergljot Behrens, Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen.- Chapter 6: The Role of Grammaticality Judgments Within an Integral Approach to Brazilian Portuguese Bare Nominals By Albert Wall.- Chapter 7: Information Structure and Pronoun Resolution in German and French: Evidence from the Visual-world Paradigm By Saveria Colonna, Sarah Schimke, Barbara Hemforth.- Chapter 8: Conversational Implicatures in Anaphora Resolution: Alternative Constructions and Referring Expressions By Peter Baumann, Lars Konieczny, Barbara Hemforth.- Chapter 9: From Verbs to Discourse: A Novel Account of Implicit Causality By Oliver Bott, Torgrim Solstad.

Editorial Reviews

"Although experimental work is becoming an increasingly influential methodology in semantic and pragmatic research, much of the evidence grounding this research is still drawn from a very small pool of languages. This intriguing book is exemplary in showcasing the benefits of combining experimental work with a comparativist approach. A variety of fundamental topics (ranging from anaphoric resolution, aspectual coercion, and coordination, to discourse coherence, ellipsis, and quotation) in 9 languages are represented, studied with a variety of experimental techniques. An excellent addition to the library of any researcher in semantics or pragmatics." (Jonathan Ginzburg, UFR d'Études anglophones, Université Paris-Diderot , France)