A cognitive model of coherence-driven story comprehension

Elliot Smith
1998 Proceedings of the 36th annual meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics -  
Current models of story comprehension have three major deficiencies: (1) lack of experimental support for the inference processes they involve (e.g. reliance on prediction); (2) indifference to 'kinds' of coherence (e.g. local and global); and (3) inability to find interpretations at variable depths. I propose that comprehension is driven by the need to find a representation that reaches a 'coherence threshold'. Variable inference processes are a reflection of different thresholds, and the
more » ... icism of an individual inference process determines how thresholds are reached.
doi:10.3115/980691.980819 dblp:conf/acl/Smith98 fatcat:zmmiwuov2faffh4zqxnqv4g4ki