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When is semantic priming automatic? Instrument and location participant role priming as a case study
Recently, semantic priming has been used to argue for a close semantic relationship between verbs and their typical participant role fillers (Ferretti, et al., 2001; McRae, et al., 2005). This suggests that verbs automatically ...
An analysis of storytelling With Emphasis on the Role Played by Stories in Life
This thesis is about the role that stories and storytelling play in human life. In it, I look at the historical and biological origins of the storytelling practice, the elements that go into the construction of stories to ...
Predictability versus activation of representations: Evidence from sentence comprehension
The amount of processing difficulty a reader has in integrating a new word into a sentence is a function of the degree to which information about that word has been activated by context, prior to that word being encountered. ...
Scene-salience-driven effects in discourse processing
This dissertation provides a coherence-driven psycholinguistic model of discourse production and comprehension. From the perspective of production, I examine several factors that narrators rely on to produce coherent ...