Janice M. Keenan (1993) Thoughts About the Minimalist Hypothesis
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Psycoloquy 4(02): Thoughts About the Minimalist Hypothesis
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MINIMALIST HYPOTHESIS
Janice M. Keenan
Commentary on Garnham on Reading-Inference
University of Denver
Denver, CO 80208
The minimalist position offers a good summary of much,
but not all, of the data on inferencing. It is, however, to be
faulted for being virtually impossible to falsify. Although
minimalism provides a good summary of the data that was available
at the time of its formulation, it should be noted that many new
studies suggest that occurrence of inferences may not be as minimal
as indicated by initial data.
constructionism, inference, mental models, minimalism,
reading, text comprehension.
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