Publication details [#1683]

Bransford, John D. and Jeffery J. Franks. 1972. The abstraction of linguistic ideas. Cognition 1 (2-3) : 211–249.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language


A series of studies is presented, demonstrating that speakers/hearers spontaneously integrate information communicated by sets of semantically related sentences to construct holistic semantic descriptions, which may contain more information than any particular input sentence expressed. Thus, the sentence is not a unit of memory, but rather a unit for communicating ideas.