Models of Understanding Text

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Bruce K. Britton, Arthur C. Graesser
Psychology Press, 1996 - 366 páginas
What is text understanding?
It is the dynamic process of constructing coherent representations and inferences at multiple levels of text and context, within the bottleneck of a limited-capacity working memory.

The field of text and discourse has advanced to the point where researchers have developed sophisticated models of comprehension, and identified the particular assumptions that underlie comprehension mechanisms in precise analytical or mathematical detail. The models offer a priori predictions about thought and behavior, not merely ad hoc descriptions of data. Indeed, the field has evolved to a mature science.

The contributors to this volume collectively cover the major models of comprehension in the field of text and discourse. Other books are either narrow -- covering only a single theoretical framework -- or do not focus on systematic modeling efforts. In addition, this book focuses on deep levels of understanding rather than language codes, syntax, and other shallower levels of text analysis. As such, it provides readers with up-to-date information on current psychological models specified in quantitative or analytical detail.
 

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A Predication Semantics Model of Text Comprehension
33
To
73
A Sim
115
A Model of Narrative Comprehension and Recall
141
Fluctuating Patterns of
165
The Role of Inferential Processing in Reading Ability
189
Metaphor as a Constraint on Text Understanding
215
Toward a Model of Literary Comprehension
241
The Dynamics of
257
What It Is What It Might
289
The Mental Models Theory of Language Comprehension
313
Five Metaphors for Text Understanding
341
Author Index
353
Subject Index
361
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