Under the Tumtum Tree

From nonsense to sense, a study in non-automatic comprehension

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Any informal discussion of a piece of nonsense literature produces highly varying interpretations which retain, however, a common core. It seemed, then, that nonsense would be a fertile base in the study of nonautomatic comprehension, i.e. comprehension where the word-meaning relations do not seem to be self-evident. And fertile it was! This monograph reports the results of a study into the nonautomatic functioning of the linguistic network which includes idiosyncratic as well as common, coded elements at all levels: semantic, syntactic, and phonetic as well as episodic. To carry it out, a number of adults and children were given nonsense texts to interpret. These interpretations were in turn analyzed as to the strategies applied toward the comprehension of those texts. Various examples of nonsense in mass media were also analyzed in the light of these findings.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, V:1]  1984.  vii, 118 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
vii
0. Introduction
1
1. Nonsense
5
2. The comprehension of nonsense
13
3. Nonsense and word meaning
27
4. Children's comprehension of nonsense
41
5. The nonsense of an unknown language
73
6. Nonsense in our daily lives
93
7. Nonsense: conclusion
101
Appendixes
107
Footnotes
113
References
115
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Subjects

Linguistics

Syntax
Semantics
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  84028471