A note on the “Search after meaning”: Sensibleness of paraphrases of well formed and malformed expressions
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Subjects were required to assess the sensibleness of sentences where each set of sentences included a source sentence plus some of its paraphrases. Characteristically, the paraphrases of malformed expressions (anomalous sentences, sentences with order inversions, word salads) were judged to be more sensible than their source expressions. This was taken as evidence for Ss’ ability to impose sense on deviant expressions.
KeywordsSimple Sentence Source Sentence Ungrammatical Sentence Transformational Grammar Anomalous Sentence
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