Drawing inferences from semantically positive and negative implicative predicates

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Abstract

Subjects were timed while they drew inferences from syntactically affirmative and negative sentences containing the semantically positive and negative implicative predicates remember/forget and bother/neglect, under different linguistic contexts that met the presuppositions of the sentences at varying levels of generality. Different patterns of inference latencies were obtained for the two implicative predicates studied, suggesting that there are important differences among semantically negative implicative predicates that influence their representation and processing. Regardless of these differences, inference latencies for all sentences decreased when they were presented in contexts that met some of their presuppositions, indicating that context can facilitate inferential processing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-93
Number of pages17
JournalJOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Inference Latency
  • Linguistic Context

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