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Title: Understanding Complex Sentences
Subtitle: Native Speaker Variation in Syntactic Competence
Written By: Ngoni Chipere
Description:

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 educators.

KEY FEATURES

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
CONTENTS

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Notes
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
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ISBN: 0333986393
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Pages: 256
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