Further evidence on the abstraction of linguistic ideas

Richardson, John T. E. (1983). Further evidence on the abstraction of linguistic ideas. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 21(6) pp. 439–442.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03330002

Abstract

Three accounts of the processes underlying the retention of connected sentences expressing complex linguistic ideas were empirically compared: an integrationist model, an imagery model, and a tally model. The reaction time in a test of recognition memory was found to be independent of the number of components expressed by a sentence, which was inconsistent with the tally model. Concrete ideas and abstract ideas both showed complete integration, which was inconsistent with the imagery model. The integrationist approach was regarded as the most useful model of the abstraction of complex linguistic ideas.

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