Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Caplan & Waters: Working memory and sentence comprehension

Interpretative and post-interpretative processes in sentence comprehension


Edward Gibson a1 and Rose Roberts a2
a1 Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 gibson@psyche.mit.edu
a2 Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 rose@psyche.mit.edu

Abstract

We discuss several issues raised by Caplan & Waters's distinction between interpretative and post-interpretative processes in sentence comprehension, including the nature and properties of the two systems, problems with measuring their respective capacities, and the relationship between the hypothesized separate-language-interpretation-resource (SLIR) and the general verbal working memory system that supports post-interpretive processing.



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