Vera Demberg

Saarland University

Homepage: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/~vera/

Abstract

Prediction and integration during discourse processing

While there is quite a bit of evidence for prediction based on syntax and thematic roles within a sentence, there is less experimental evidence for prediction at the level of discourse relations. I will discuss to what extent we can find evidence for prediction and early integration of the information conveyed by a discourse connective, with a particular focus on the question at what level of granularity discourse relations can be modelled in order to describe the experimental data.

Biography

Vera Demberg received her PhD in 2010 from the University of Edinburgh
and has since been leading an independent research group at Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany). Her current research interests include psycholinguistic experimental research and cognitive modelling of human language processing at the levels of syntax, semantics and discourse relations.