9.591J / 24.945J Language Processing

Fall 2004

Image of English phrase structure for a sentence.

English phrase structure for the sentence "The reporter that the senator attacked disliked the editor." (Image by Prof. Edward Gibson.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list.

Course Description

This course is a seminar in real-time language comprehension. It considers models of sentence and discourse comprehension from the linguistic, psychology, and artificial intelligence literature, including symbolic and connectionist models. Topics include ambiguity resolution and linguistic complexity; the use of lexical, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, contextual and prosodic information in language comprehension; the relationship between the computational resources available in working memory and the language processing mechanism; and the psychological reality of linguistic representations.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Edward Gibson

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session



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