Ambiguity in Psycholinguistics

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 123 pages
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The authors present a comprehensive overview of past research in ambiguity in the field of psycholinguistics. Experimental results have often been equivocal in allowing a choice between the single-reading hypothesis and the multiple-reading hypothesis of processing of ambiguous sentences. This text reviews the arguments and experimental results in support of each of these views, and further investigates the contributions of context and thematic constraints in the process of ambiguity resolution. Commentary is also made on the possible hierarchical ordering of difficulty in the treatment of ambiguity, as well as critically related considerations like bias, individual differences, general cognitive strategies for dealing with multiphase representations, and the inherent differences between lexical and syntactic ambiguity.
 

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Contents

0 INTRODUCTION
1
1 ISSUES IN AMBIGUITY RESEARCH
3
2 PRODUCTION OF AMBIGUITY
11
3 AMBIGUITY IN LINGUISTIC THEORY
13
ORAL DISAMBIGUATION
19
5 MULTIPLE READING HYPOTHESIS
29
6 SINGLE READING HYPOTHESIS
47
7 SINGLE READING BY CLAUSE END
51
9 THE ROLE OF CONTEXT
59
10 LEXICAL AMBIGUITY AS A SPECIAL CLASS
77
11 THEME CONSTRAINTS
89
12 BIAS
95
13 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LEVELS
101
14 INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
109
REFERENCES
113
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8 THE ORDERED ACCESS APPROACH
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