Contributions to the Science of Text and Language

Volume 31 of the series Text, Speech and Language Technology pp 157-170

Within-Sentence Distribution and Retention of Contentwords and function words

  • August FenkAffiliated withInstitut für Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität Klagenfurt
  • , Gertraud Fenk-OczlonAffiliated withInstitut für Sprachwissenschaft und Computerlinguistik, Universität Klagenfurt

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Experiments with free immediate recall of lists of unconnected words usually reveal a saddle-shaped ‘serial position curve’: high frequency of recall in the items obtaining the first positions (‘primacy effect’) of the list and those obtaining the last positions (‘recency effect’), and, in the words of Murdock Jr., “a horizontal asymptote spanning the primacy and recency effect” (cf. Figure 5.1).