What makes a discourse constraining? Comparing the effects of discourse message and scenario fit on the discourse-dependent N400 effect.

@article{Otten2007WhatMA,
  title={What makes a discourse constraining? Comparing the effects of discourse message and scenario fit on the discourse-dependent N400 effect.},
  author={Marte Otten and Jos van Berkum},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2007},
  volume={1153},
  pages={166-77}
}
A discourse context provides a reader with a great deal of information that can provide constraints for further language processing, at several different levels. In this experiment we used event-related potentials (ERPs) to explore whether discourse-generated contextual constraints are based on the precise message of the discourse or, more 'loosely', on the scenario suggested by one or more content words in the text. Participants read constraining stories whose precise message rendered a… CONTINUE READING

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