Prolegomena to Inferential Discourse Processing

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This book shows that in reading verbal texts human reasoning is responsible for the recognition and construction of different forms of organization. On the one hand, it spells out in what ways human thinking succeeds in recognizing the surface form of grammatical organization which is characteristic of discourse expression (termed ‘cohesion’). On the other hand, it makes clear which human reasoning processes are involved in the construction of the different levels of organization which are characteristic of text content (termed ‘coherence’). Much attention is devoted to the hierarchical relationships between cohesion and coherence. In line with these hierarchizing endeavors, this book also addresses the related problem of whether the reasoning processes involved in reading verbal texts are ranked in order of importance. This book lends much weight to the empirical control of its claims. It does not only consider the language processing activities of normals, but it also devotes a great deal of attention to the disordered language reception activities of schizophrenics and aphasics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, V:2]  1984.  vii, 100 pp.
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Table of Contents
0. Introduction
1
1. On Syntactic Processing
5
1.1. Introduction
5
1.2. Cohesion as syntactic organization
6
1.3. Cohesion as a conspicuous companion
9
1.4. On the limited role of cohesion
10
1.5. Coherence as semantic organization
12
1.6. Coherence as a dominating companion
15
1.7. Cohesion as a deficient companion
18
1.8. Cohesion as a misleading companion
20
1.9. On inferential discourse processing and rational argumentation
22
1.10. Summary
25
2. On Semantic Processing
27
2.1. Introduction
27
2.2. On ILRRR information
28
2.3. On ILRRR inferences repairing defective cohesion
29
2.4. On ILRRR inferences impeding cohesion
31
2.5. On the indispensable role of ILRRR inferences
33
2.6. On initial KUIP conditions
36
2.7. On semantic-logical inferences
38
2.8. On the rational underpinning of discourse processing
39
2.9. On the indispensability of coherence
42
2.10. Summary
45
3. On Action Processing
47
3.1. Introduction
47
3.2. On action and communication
48
3.3. On cotextual information about actions
49
3.4. On contextual information about actions
51
3.5. On the hypothetical reconstruction of action co(n)texts
56
3.6. On multileveled action processing
60
3.7. Summary
64
4. On Disordered Processing
65
4.1. Introduction
65
4.2. On disordered syntactic processing
66
4.3. On disordered semantic processing
68
4.4. On disordered action processing
72
4.5. Summary
78
5. Conclusion
79
References
91
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  84024476