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By Nicole Gotzner

This booklet offers a singular experimental method of investigating the psychological illustration of linguistic choices. Combining theoretical and psycholinguistic questions in regards to the nature of different units, it sheds new mild at the thought of concentration and the cognitive mechanisms underlying the processing of choices. In a chain of language comprehension experiments, the writer indicates that intonational concentration and concentration debris corresponding to ‘only’ form the illustration of possible choices in a listener’s brain in a basic manner. This publication is suitable to researchers drawn to semantics, pragmatics, language processing and memory.

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3 Long-Term Representation of the Entire Alternative Set 45 According to the lexical meaning hypothesis outlined above, memory for the alternative set should be worst for exclusives, intermediate in the control condition, and best for inclusives. Since the particle only excludes the alternatives, it might be that participants forget about the alternatives more easily because they are not true of the sentence. The particle even expresses that alternatives to the focused element were also true of the sentence.

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