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October 24, 2006

Tony Sanford at UCL today

Sorry this is so late but if you happen to be in London today, Tony Sanford is talking at 4.30pm at UCL (Room 305, 26 Bedford Way, contact a.esposito@ucl.ac.uk). Tony Sanford has done lots of interesting experimental work including a paper in Noveck and Sperber's collection

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The departmental speaker tomorrow, Tuesday, 24th October 2006 is Professor Tony Sanford, Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Many approaches to language comprehension have assumed that as language is comprehended, it is typically comprehended as fully as possible. For instance, semantic interpretation has been assumed by some to be incremental, with the interpretation of word meaning being as complete as possible. Notwithstanding the observation that much of language is strictly speaking underspecified, there is now evidence from several sources showing that interpretation can be surprisingly shallow. I shall review some of this evidence, including work on failures to detect semantic anomalies, work on the resolution of anaphors, and the impact of varying questions asked of what is being read. Not only is shallow processing commonplace in reading and listening, but the depth of processing can be modulated by a variety of factors, including discourse focus and various forms of sentential complexity. I shall discuss the potential role of processing depth in accounts of discourse comprehension.

Seminars are held at 4.30pm in Room 305, 26 Bedford Way. Tea is served from 4pm in the Common Room and wine will be served following the seminars. Anyone interested is welcome to attend - no tickets necessary.

E-mail: a.esposito@ucl.ac.uk

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