Breaking the rules? Good-enough processing and related phenomena

Dario Paape (Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany)

The course is intended to give a (non-exhaustive) overview of the literature on “good enough” language processing (e.g. Ferreira, Bailey & Ferraro, 2002). It will also situate the notion that comprehenders do not always compute full and faithful linguistic representations of the input within a broader view of “ecologically rational” thought processes (Goldstein & Gigerenzer, 2002), going back to Wason’s original discoveries regarding the use of heuristics in experimental tasks. Furthermore, the question of how task demands shape interpretation (e.g. Swets et al., 2008; Dwivedi, 2013) will play an important role in later sessions, along with the question of whether incorrect or incomplete linguistic representations in any given case are due to absolute cognitive limitations, that is, a lack of ability, or rather a lack of sufficient motivation on part of participants.

Course slides (pass: nixon’s ark)

Reading list