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Book chapter

Attention in the organization and development of grammar.

P. 31-53.
Myachykov A., Tomlin R. S.

Our sentences about the world are organized to properly convey the constantly changing visual environment. This skill develops early in life. When fully developed, it entails constant, regular, and automatic mappings from elements of a visual scene onto sentence constituents and the grammatical relations between them. The visual system contributes initially to this process by providing perceptual information for conceptual and linguistic analysis but the perceptual information that enters the language production system is not organized indiscriminately. The attentional system filters information for processing based on its noticeability, importance, or relevance. This process allows representing salience parameters in linguistic output. Individual languages’ grammars have specific devices responsible for this representation.

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Attention in the organization and development of grammar.
Edited by: E. Dabrowska, D. Divjak. De Gruyter Mouton, 2015.