Semantic similarity, predictability, and models of sentence processing

  title={Semantic similarity, predictability, and models of sentence processing},
  author={Douglas Roland and Hongoak Yun and Jean-Pierre Koenig and Gail Mauner},
The effects of word predictability and shared semantic similarity between a target word and other words that could have taken its place in a sentence on language comprehension are investigated using data from a reading time study, a sentence completion study, and linear mixed-effects regression modeling. We find that processing is facilitated if the different possible words that could occur in a given context are semantically similar to each other, meaning that processing is affected not only… CONTINUE READING

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