Thursday, May 25, 2006

Language Log: Why are negations so easy to fail to miss?

"Over the past month or so, a series of posts here have sketched an interesting psycholinguistic problem, and also hinted at a new method for investigating it. The problem is that people often get confused about negation. More exactly, the problem is to define when and how and why people get confused about negation, not only in intepreting sentences but also in creating them. The method is 'Google psycholinguistics': the analysis of internet text as a corpus, as a supplement to more traditional methods like picture description, reaction time measurements or eye tracking."

Another VGA (Very Good Article)

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