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Reading corpora as an instrument for studying a relevance-based account of language processing. A case study using a reading corpus of German jurisdictional texts

  • Reading corpora are text collections that are enriched with processing data. From a corpus linguist’s perspective, they can be seen as an extension of classical linguistic corpora with human language processing behavior. From a psycholinguist’s perspective, reading corpora allow to test psycholinguistic hypotheses on subsets of language and language processing as it is ‘in the wild’ – in contrast to strictly controlled language material in isolated sentences, as used in most psycholinguistic experiments. In this paper, we will investigate a relevance-based account of language processing which states that linguistic structures, that are embedded deeper syntactically, are read faster because readers allocate less attention to these structures.

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Author:Sascha Wolfer
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics
Place of publication:Tübingen
Editor:Johannes Wahle, Marisa Köllner, R. Harald Baayen, Gerhard Jäger, Tineke Baayen-Oudshoorn
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2015
Date of Publication (online):2016/01/15
Tag:corpora; language processing; reading
GND Keyword:Kognitivie Linguistik; Korpus <Linguistik>; Sprachverarbeitung <Psycholinguistik>
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Psycholinguistik / Kognitive Linguistik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International