Attention and language

Maxim I. Stamenov
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The topic of attention in relation to language has the potential for uniting the efforts of linguists and cognitive psychologists. Our presentation will be oriented toward their relationship at the level of simple sentence planning and comprehension, since this is a critical level of modeling (cf. Meyer et al. 2006). Modeling the dynamics of focusing in discourse processing (cf. Kendon 1992; Stevenson, Crawley & Kleinman 1994; Chafe 1994; van Dijk 1997; Tomlin 1997; Stamenov & Andonova 1998; Myachykov & Posner 2005) should have as its basis the relationships between the structure of attention, awareness and sentence structure. We will consider the functioning of attention in normal language use only, although there is also an extensive literature on different issues of the pathology of attention in language use (cf. Widlöcher & Hardy-Bayle 1989; Bates et al. 1995; Chapman & Ulatowska 1997; Meyer et al. 2006 for further orientation).

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