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LINGUIST List 16.1358

Thu Apr 28 2005

Qs: Article Processing; Language Performance & Sleep

Editor for this issue: Jessica Boynton <jessicalinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Kyoungsook (Lucy) Kim, Article Processing by Using Moving Window Reading
        2.    Whitney Anne Postman, Language Performance and Sleep

Message 1: Article Processing by Using Moving Window Reading
Date: 27-Apr-2005
From: Kyoungsook (Lucy) Kim <lucykimsiu.edu>
Subject: Article Processing by Using Moving Window Reading

Dear All:

I have posted a query asking about studies done on semantics in definite
and indefinite English articles and have received very helpful information.
Thank you very much. In addition to that, I would like to ask at this time
if anyone could direct me to any studies done on processing of English
articles. I have read an article, entitled The Definite Article The as a
Cue to Map Thematic Information, written by Morton Ann Gernsbacher and
Rachel R. W. Robertson. The authors found out that readers interpret the
definite article the as a cue to map during discourse comprehension. In
this study, subjects who read sets of short sentences in which all the
articles were the definite article the read those sentences significantly faster
than subjects who read sentences with indefinite articles. The subjects were
also more likely to integrate several sentences into one. The authors concluded
that the definite article the functions as a cue that maps coherent information.

I wonder if there are other studies that dealt with similar issues, namely
processing of English articles. Are there any studies done on the
processing of articles by using moving window reading task, particularly?

Thank you very much in advance for your help.


Kyoungsook (Lucy) Kim

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
Message 2: Language Performance and Sleep
Date: 27-Apr-2005
From: Whitney Anne Postman <postmanwnidcd.nih.gov>
Subject: Language Performance and Sleep

Dear Linguists,

Are any of you aware of published work on language and sleep? Specifically,
I am interested in studies of effects of sleepiness and sleep deprivation
on linguistic performance, including both comprehension and production.
The only references I know of are Harrison & Horne (1997) and those
contained in that paper.

Replies will be posted as a summary to those expressing interest in this topic.
Thank you.

Whitney Anne Postman, Ph.D.
National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

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