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Context, Attention and Depth of Processing During Interpretation

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The contribution that a word makes to the meaning and interpretation of a sentence depends upon access to its (lexical) meaning, and to general knowledge associated with the word. Evidence is presented to support the argument that accessing lexical meaning, as with general knowledge, is a graded affair. We argue that the contribution a word makes depends upon its relevance to the context, and to focus and related variables. Extensions of the argument are made to other aspects of language processing.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Publication date: 2002-02-01

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