Accession Number : ADA112011

Title :   Thematic Processes in the Comprehension of Technical Prose.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Kieras,David E

PDF Url : ADA112011

Report Date : 20 Feb 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : This final report summarizes the principal results of a project concerned with how readers identify the important content in technical prose. The theoretical framework for this process is that the important content of a passage is constructed by the reader based on the semantic content of the passage together with details of the surface structure of the passage. Thus, not only is what is said in the passage important, but also how it is said. The experimental results cover several semantic and surface structure properties that are central to the process of identifying important content, and some of the strategies that readers use. Simulation models of the comprehension and main idea identification processes were developed and tested against actual reader behavior. These models represent the general theoretical framework in a highly specific way, and thus summarize the major results of the project. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Reading, *Comprehension, *Abstracts, Technical writing, Semantics, Phrase structure grammars, Perception(Psychology), Strategy, Computerized simulation, Mathematical models, Theory

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE