The Processing of Events

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Synthesizing ideas from event semantics and psycholinguistics, this monograph provides a new perspective on the processing of linguistic aspect and aspectual coercion. Confronting alternative semantic accounts with experimental evidence, the author develops a comprehensive model of online aspectual interpretation. The first part of the book critically reviews competing theoretical accounts of aspectual coercion. As an analytical tool the author introduces a computational model based on the event calculus by Hamm & van Lambalgen (2005) which makes use of planning formalisms from artificial intelligence. Detailed predictions from this framework are then tested in the experimental work reported in the second part. The focus here is on such questions as: Is aspectual coercion a uniform phenomenon or must we distinguish different types? Is aspect processed incrementally or is it computed only at the clause boundary? And finally, what insights can event related potentials yield about how the brain resolves local aspectual mismatch?
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 162]  2010.  xvii, 383 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of tables
xi
List of figures
xiii–xiv
Abbreviations and symbols
xv–xvi
Acknowledgements
xvii
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–2
Chapter 2. Events in cognitive psychology and linguistics
3–60
Chapter 3. Hypotheses and predictions
61–100
Chapter 4. The access to lexical aspectual information
101–134
Chapter 5. Processing different types of coercion
135–166
Chapter 6. The processing domain of Aktionsart
167–192
Chapter 7. The processing of temporality in the brain
193–234
Chapter 8. The specified processing model of aspectual reanalysis
235–250
Chapter 9. Summary and conclusions
251–268
References
269–278
Appendix
279–379
Index
381–383
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFD – Psycholinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010021313