Discourse Comprehension: Essays in Honor of Walter Kintsch

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1995-02-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau
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This volume is derived from presentations given at a conference hosted in Boulder, Colorado in honor of the 60th birthday of Walter Kintsch. Though the contents of the talks, and thus the chapters, varied widely, all had one thing in common -- they were inspired to some degree by the work of Walter Kintsch. When making plans for an edited book centered around this conference, the editors had a primary goal: to acknowledge the wide variety of researchers and research areas Kintsch had influenced. As a consequence, one of the more unusual elements of this volume is the diversity of the contributors. Researchers from six different countries contributed chapters to this book which is loosely organized around three main thrusts of Kintsch's work: * text-based representations that explain how meaning in a text is constructed, * situation models which represent what the text is about rather than what a text literally says, and * the construction-integration model, Kintsch's most recent work in discourse comprehension.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Walter Kintsch: a Brief Biographyp. 1
Referencesp. 8
Where Do Propositions Come From?p. 11
Conclusionp. 32
Acknowledgmentsp. 33
a General Model of Classification and Memory Applied to Discourse Processingp. 35
Referencesp. 47
Primacy and Recency in the Chunking Modelp. 49
Referencesp. 62
Understanding Concepts in Activityp. 65
Conclusionsp. 91
Referencesp. 94
the Minimalist Hypothesis: Directions for Researchp. 97
Conclusionp. 112
Referencesp. 112
Inference Generation and the Construction of Situation Modelsp. 117
Referencesp. 136
Activating Knowledge of Fictional Characters' Emotional Statesp. 141
Referencesp. 154
Understanding the Special Mnemonic Characteristic of Fairy Talesp. 157
Referencesp. 173
Comprehension Monitoring: Extensions of the Kintsch and Van Dijk Modelp. 177
Conclusionsp. 190
Referencesp. 192
Top-Down Effects in a Bottom-Up Model of Narrative Comprehension and Recallp. 195
Referencesp. 208
Simulating Recall and Recognition by Using Kintsch's Construction-Integration Modelp. 211
Conclusionp. 227
Referencesp. 231
Priming of Inference Concepts in the Construction-Integration Modelp. 233
Referencesp. 243
Memory and Its Graeculi: Metamemory and Control in Extended Memory Systemsp. 245
Referencesp. 255
the Acquisition of Knowledge from Text and Example Situations: an Extension to the Construction-Integration Modelp. 257
Conclusionsp. 280
Referencesp. 282
the Role of Presentational Structures in Understanding and Solving Mathematical Word Problemsp. 285
Referencesp. 303
Beyond Discourse: Applications of the Construction-Integration Modelp. 307
Referencesp. 334
Capping the Construction-Integration Model of Discourse Comprehensionp. 337
Referencesp. 357
Construction-Integration Theory and Clinical Reasoningp. 359
Conclusionsp. 378
Referencesp. 379
on Macrostructures, Mental Models, and Other Inventions: a Brief Personal History of the Kintsch-Van Dijk Theoryp. 383
Referencesp. 407
Epiloguep. 411
Author Indexp. 413
Subject Indexp. 423
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