LINGUIST List 14.1314

Wed May 7 2003

Books: Psycholing/Applied Ling: Chipere

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  1. f.kennedy, Understanding Complex Sentences: Chipere

Message 1: Understanding Complex Sentences: Chipere

Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 16:06:06 +0000
From: f.kennedy <>
Subject: Understanding Complex Sentences: Chipere

Title: Understanding Complex Sentences
Subtitle: Native Speaker Variation in Syntactic Competence
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Availability: Available
Author: Ngone Chipere				

Hardback: ISBN: 0333986393, Pages: 256, Price: GBP50.00 $78.00
Is native speaker variation in understanding complex sentences due to
individual differences in working memory capacity or in syntactic
competence? The answer to this question has very important
consequences for both theoretical and applied concerns in linguistics
and education. This book is distinctive in giving an historical and
interdisciplinary perspective on the rule- based and experience-based
debate and in supporting an integrated account. In the study reported
here, variation was found to be due to differences in syntactic
competence and the author argues that sentence comprehension is a
learned skill, displaying many of the general characteristics of
cognitive skills. The book will be stimulating reading for
psycholinguists, theoretical linguists, applied linguists and


1 Entirely original exploration of a central problem in
psycholinguistics, with innovative attempt to integrate two approaches
2 Offers practical advice, based on his research findings, for
teaching comprehension skills
3 Topicality, particularly in respect to current efforts to teach
first language grammar in the National Literacy Strategy


List of Figures
List of Tables
Finite State and Generative Models
Early Experimental Studies
Connectionist and Symbolic Models
Current Theories of Individual Differences
Long-Term Working Memory
Saussure's Theory of Language
Patterns of Individual Differences
Effects of Recall Training and Comprehension Training


DR NGONI CHIPERE is Research Fellow in the Department of Education at
Reading University, working on child language development. His
doctoral research in sentence comprehension was undertaken at
Cambridge University and he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the
University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate prior to his
current post . He has extensive teaching experience in schools.
Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics
		Cognitive Science

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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