This special issue shows how accessibility phenomena need to be studied from a linguistic and psycholinguistic angle, and in the latter case from interpretation, as well as production. The contributions augment the growing knowledge of accessibility in text and discourse processing. They also illuminate how accessibility is marked in a text or a discourse, how readers and listeners respond to those markings, and how mental representations evolve and change as a direct result of accessibility. The editors hope is that the text affects the readers' representations in ways that linguists and psycholinguists theorize as beneficial.

chapter |11 pages

Accessibility in Text and Discourse Processing

ByTed J.M. Sanders, Morton Ann Gernsbacher

chapter |28 pages

Reference Management in Instructive Discourse

ByAlfons Maes, Anja Arts, Leo Noordman

chapter |20 pages

Managing Mental Representations During Narrative Comprehension

ByMorton Ann Gernsbacher, Rachel R. W. Robertson, Paola Palladino, Necia K. Werner

chapter |22 pages

Fluctuations in the Availability of Information During Reading: Capturing Cognitive Processes Using the Landscape Model

ByTracy Linderholm, Sandra Virtue, Yuhtsuen Tzeng, Paul van den Broek