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Temporal references and temporal relations in sentence comprehension

Gennari, S.P. (2004) Temporal references and temporal relations in sentence comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 30 (4). pp. 877-890. ISSN 0278-7393

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Abstract

The author investigated the interpretation of temporal references during comprehension of sentences containing a main and subordinate clause. Experiments 1 and 2 examined state and event subordinate clauses, respectively, and showed that subordinate temporal references overlapping with or close to the time of the main clause event were read faster than nonoverlapping distant references. Experiment 3 examined temporal references in nonsubordinate main clauses and confirmed that temporal relations between main and subordinate clauses were established on-line in the previous experiments. Experiment 4 independently manipulated temporal overlap and distance and suggested that event and state clauses are processed according to distinct temporal parameters. The results are explained by the contingency relations that events and states establish with other discourse events.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 15:46
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2009 15:46
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0278-7393.30.4.877
Status: Published
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Identification Number: 10.1037/0278-7393.30.4.877
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6688

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