Syntactic and Semantic Factors in Processing Difficulty: An Integrated Measure

Jeff Mitchell, Mirella Lapata, Vera Demberg, Frank Keller

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The analysis of reading times can provide
insights into the processes that underlie
language comprehension, with longer
reading times indicating greater cognitive
load. There is evidence that the language
processor is highly predictive, such that prior context allows upcoming linguistic
material to be anticipated. Previous work has investigated the contributions of semantic and syntactic contexts in isolation, essentially treating them as independent factors. In this paper we analyze reading times in terms of a single predictive measure which integrates a model of semantic composition with an incremental parser and a language model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACL 2010, Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, July 11-16, 2010, Uppsala, Sweden
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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