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Salience and Context

Rachel Giora

in On Our Mind

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136166.003.0002
Salience and Context

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This chapter aims to point out some of the factors that make meanings unavoidable and to determine the role of salience in language comprehension and production. It explains that salience is not an either-or notion but rather it admits degrees and that the more frequent the information in the mind of the individual or in a certain linguistic community the more salient it is in that mind or among community members. It discusses the tendency of the mind to opt for the most accessible information first in providing meaning rather than accessing compatible information exclusively.

Keywords: salience; meaning; context; language production

Chapter.  12095 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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