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Processing of Tense Psycholinguistic Studies on the Interpretation of Tense and Temporal Relations

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ISBN-10: 1402001851

ISBN-13: 9781402001857

Edition: 2001

Authors: Michael Walsh Dickey

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This book presents an in-depth study of the processing of tense, more specifically the English past tense. Against a detailed theoretical background, it presents a number of psycholinguistic studies examining how and when the language processor assigns an interpretation to tense morphology. In so doing, it looks at several specific topics: temporal anaphora resolution, adverb preposing and discourse relations, and the sequence-of-tense ambiguity. The picture which emerges is one in which the processor is not guided by preceding context in making interpretive decisions regarding tense, as previous work has suggested. Rather, sentence-level linguistic structure appears to cue the processor in…    
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Book details

List price: $119.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 12/31/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
The Problem: The Processing of Tense
Empirical Phenomena
Temporal anaphora
Temporal adverbs and adverb preposing
The Sequence-of-Tense ambiguity
Structure and Interpretation of Tense
Quantificational versus referential views of tense
Bringing together quantificational and referential properties: The ambiguity of the English simple past
Formal representation of the semantic content of tense
Summary and implications for the processing of tense
Structure of the Language Processor and Hypotheses
Assumptions regarding the HSPM
Simplicity versus Parsimony
Predictions and hypotheses
Contents of the Book
Interpreting Aspectp
Introduction
The Special Role of Preposed Adverbials in Temporal Interpretation
Temporal adverbials
Preposed adverbials as Reference Time providers
Preposed adverbials as sentence-external elements
The Discourse Function of Adverb Preposing and the Adverbial Domains Hypothesis
Preposed adverbials as discourse segment markers
The Adverbial Domains Hypothesis
Aspect and the Role of Rhetorical Relations
The contribution of rhetorical relations to temporal interpretation
Implications for the ADH
Study 1-Preposing and Aspect Interpretation
Introduction
Study
Discussion
Study 2--Preposing and Aspect Interpretation Redux
Introduction
Study
Discussion
General Discussion and Conclusions
Interpreting TenseP
Introduction
Representing Temporal Anaphora
TP and temporal anaphora
Alternative approaches to tense and temporal anaphora
Summary and implications for processing of tense
Anaphora Resolution
Definite NPs and pronouns
Other types of anaphora resolution
Temporal anaphora--an indirect test
Summary
Hypotheses Regarding the Interpretation of TP
Study 3--Temporal Context Clash
Introduction
Study
Discussion
Study 4--Minimal Events and TP Interpretation
Introduction
Study
Discussion
General Discussion and Conclusions
Sequence of Tense and Simplicity
Introduction
Representing the SOT Ambiguity
The facts of SOT phenomena
Representing SOT
Alternative approaches to SOT
Summary and implications for resolving the ambiguity
Previous Results
Hypotheses Regarding the Resolution of SOT Ambiguities
Study 5--Pilot SOT Questionnaire Study
Introduction
Study
Discussion
Study 6--SOT Questionaire Study: Adverb Effects
Introduction
Study
Discussion
Study 7--SOT On-Line
Introduction
Study
Discussion
General Discussion and Conclusions
Conclusions and Remaining Questions
The Questions
Implications for Models of the Processor: Structure-Driven or Discourse-Driven?
Implications for the Representation of Tense and Temporal Relations: One Interpretive Step or Two?
Questions for Further Research
Interpreting TenseP
Interpreting AspectP
Different methodologies
Larger issues
Appendices
Materials for Study 1, Preposing and Aspect Interpretation
Materials for Study 2, Preposing and Aspect Interpretation Redux
Materials for Study 3, Temporal Context Clash
Materials for Study 4, Minimal Events and TP Interpretation
Materials for Study 5, SOT Pilot Questionnaire
Materials for Study 6, SOT Questionnaire: Adverb Effects
Materials for Study 7, Sot On-Line
References
Index