About this Research Topic
The aim of this Research Topic is to draw together multiple perspectives on encoding and navigating structured linguistic representations, to highlight important empirical or computational insights, and to identify key priorities for new research in this area. The Research Topic stands at the intersection of psychology, linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. This is an area where genuine interdisciplinary progress seems realistic: linguistics provides a formally well-characterized system of structural descriptions, routinely used in language comprehension, but which are considerably more complex than the typical items in memory studies. Likewise, researchers in the cognitive psychology tradition contribute explicit models of encoding, retrieval and forgetting, which exceed the sophistication of memory models typically assumed in psycholinguistics and linguistics. We welcome original research articles, reviews, hypothesis and theory articles, methodological articles, and brief commentaries/opinion pieces. Experimental, theoretical, and computational contributions are welcomed.
Some possible topics could include the following. ISSUES AND COGNITIVE PHENOMENA: time course, interference and competition, cognitive predictors of success, learner populations and language impairments, serial search vs. direct access, constraints on retrieval cues, compatibility of linguistic models, grammatical fidelity of the parser. LINGUISTIC PHENOMENA: anaphora (syntactic, semantic, and discourse level constraints), unbounded dependencies, ellipsis, agreement, case, quantification, control, polarity, scope, comparatives. TOOLS: eye-tracking, electrophysiology, self-paced reading, speed-accuracy tradeoff, cross-modal priming, corpus studies, computational modeling, cross-language comparisons.
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