Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition

Alternative Sets in Language Processing

How Focus Alternatives are Represented in the Mind

Authors: Gotzner, Nicole

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  • Examines linguistic alternatives, which play a key role in various linguistic phenomena
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach 
  • Sheds new light on long-standing issues in semantics and pragmatics
  • Provides key insights for psycholinguists, semanticists and pragmaticists
  • Employs a variety of psycholinguistic methods to test mental representations
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This book presents a novel experimental approach to investigating the mental representation of linguistic alternatives. Combining theoretical and psycholinguistic questions concerning the nature of alternative sets, it sheds new light on the theory of focus and the cognitive mechanisms underlying the processing of alternatives. In a series of language comprehension experiments, the author shows that intonational focus and focus particles such as ‘only’ shape the representation of alternatives in a listener’s mind in a fundamental way. This book is relevant to researchers interested in semantics, pragmatics, language processing and memory.

About the authors

Nicole Gotzner is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, Germany. She is affiliated with the DFG Priority Programme Xprag.de “New Pragmatic Theories Based on Experimental Evidence”. Her research combines semantic and pragmatic theory with language processing and child language acquisition.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alternative Sets in Language Processing
Book Subtitle
How Focus Alternatives are Represented in the Mind
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52761-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52761-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52760-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84979-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 162
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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