A4: Language Comprehension and Cognitive Control Demands: Adapting Information Density to Changing Situations and Individual Users

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Project A4 investigates the hypothesis that the channel capacity of comprehenders – and thus their behaviour in response to high information density utterances – may be modulated by other immediate cognitive demands (such as driving), as well as individual differences. This will be accomplished by contrasting the comprehension of high and low density utterances in single and dual-task settings, as well as with different populations (older and younger adults). Experimental findings will further contribute to the development of a language generation model that adapts linguistic encodings appropriately based on both the immediate setting and cognitive capacity of the listener.

Publications

2017

Howcroft, David M; Demberg, Vera

Psycholinguistic Models of Sentence Processing Improve Sentence Readability Ranking Inproceedings

Proceedings of EACL 2017, Valencia, 2017.

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2016

Schwenger, Maximilian; Torralba, Álvaro; Hoffmann, Jörg; Howcroft, David M; Demberg, Vera

From OpenCCG to AI Planning: Detecting Infeasible Edges in Sentence Generation Inproceedings

Calzolari, Nicoletta ; Matsumoto, Yuji ; Prasad, Rashmi (Ed.): COLING 2016, 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference: Technical Papers, pp. 1524–1534, ACL, Osaka, 2016, ISBN: 978-4-87974-702-0.

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Ahrendt, Simon; Demberg, Vera

Improving event prediction by representing script participants Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 2016 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, pp. 546–551, Association for Computational Linguistics, San Diego, California, 2016.

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Zarcone, Alessandra; van Schijndel, Marten; Vogels, Jorrig; Demberg, Vera

Salience and attention in surprisal-based accounts of language processing Journal Article

Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (844), 2016, ISSN: 1664-1078.

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2015

Kravtchenko, Ekaterina; Demberg, Vera

Underinformative Event Mentions Trigger Context-Dependent Implicatures Inproceedings

Talk presented at Formal and Experimental Pragmatics: Methodological Issues of a Nascent Liaison (MXPRAG), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, June 2015, Berlin, 2015.

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Kravtchenko, Ekaterina; Demberg, Vera

Online Processing and Interpretation of Underinformative Event Mentions Inproceedings

Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives (DETEC) (poster), University of Alberta, Edmonton, June 2015, 2015.

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Vogels, Jorrig; Demberg, Vera; Kray, Jutta

Cognitive Load and Individual Differences in Multitasking Abilities Conference

Workshop on Individual differences in language processing across the adult life span, 2015.

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Howcroft, David M; White, Michael

Inducing Clause-Combining Operations for Natural Language Generation Inproceedings

Proc. of the 1st International Workshop on Data-to-Text Generation, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 2015.

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Fischer, Andrea; Demberg, Vera; Klakow, Dietrich

Towards Flexible, Small-Domain Surface Generation: Combining Data-Driven and Grammatical Approaches Proceeding

Association for Computational Linguistics Brighton, 2015.

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Jutta Kray

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Vera Demberg

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Dietrich Klakow

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David M Howcroft

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Katja Häuser

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