Paper: Syntactic and Semantic Factors in Processing Difficulty: An Integrated Measure

ACL ID P10-1021
Title Syntactic and Semantic Factors in Processing Difficulty: An Integrated Measure
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2010
Authors

The analysis of reading times can pro- vide insights into the processes that under- lie 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 se- mantic and syntactic contexts in isolation, essentially treating them as independent factors. In this paper we analyze reading times in terms of a single predictive mea- sure which integrates a model of seman- tic composition with an incremental parser and a language model.