Sentence comprehension (9 hours)

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Module overview

The goal of this module is for you to get familiar with basic concepts and methods for researching how people understand sentences. By the end of the module, hopefully you will be able to do the following things:

Module instructions

This module includes five tasks. For each task, you will need to read something and then answer some questions; some of these questions may require a long time to think about. You should do the tasks in the order they are presented here, because each task builds off of the previous one. To receive credit for completing this module, you must complete all the tasks at a satisfactory level of quality.

Next to each task I have written an estimate of how much time you might need to complete the task. This is, of course, a rough estimate, and the real time may be different for different students.

Module activities

  1. Experiment on yourself (1 hour)
  2. Reflection on the experiment (1.5 hours)
  3. The garden path effect and incrementality (0.5 hours)
  4. Interactivity vs. autonomy (3 hours)
  5. Grammatical accuracy (3 hours)
  6. Optional: discussion topics

by Stephen Politzer-Ahles. Last modified on 2021-07-14. CC-BY-4.0.