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Temporal Processing of Ongoing Event Representations

Scharp, Victoria (2016) Temporal Processing of Ongoing Event Representations. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Time cues are ubiquitous in language and the ability to interpret them is essential for understanding events during discourse comprehension. Temporal markers that signal ongoing versus completed events, like the progressive and simple past tense, prompt distinct mental event representations. However, the detailed properties of ongoing event representations remain unexplored. Drawing from both the simulation and semantic association approaches to knowledge representation, this study examines the novel prediction that ongoing events engender incremental discourse representation updating processes. Experimental sentences cued either early or late phases of an ongoing event (e.g. Alice had recently started/almost finished baking a cake). Targets in a post-sentential lexical decision task were strongly associated with either early or late event phases (e.g. EGGS/AROMA). Facilitation priming was predicted for congruent sentence-target pairs, however, priming was found for the early event phase exclusively. The results have implications for models of knowledge representation, theories of semantic priming, and discourse model updating.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Scharp, Victoriavls4@pitt.eduVLS4
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTompkins, Connietompkins@pitt.eduTOMPKINS
Committee MemberMcNeil, Malcolmmcneil@pitt.eduMCNEIL
Committee MemberDickey, Michaelmdickey@pitt.eduMDICKEY
Committee MemberHuette,
Date: 13 September 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 July 2016
Approval Date: 13 September 2016
Submission Date: 28 July 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 175
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Communication Science and Disorders
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: temporal processing, event processing, language comprehension
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 14:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:35


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