Humans frequently learn about events by reading—think of newspapers, magazines, biographies, novels. Events in language offer unique methodological opportunities for psychologists, who can manipulate time, space, characters, and other features merely by changing a word here or there. Changing, say, the temporal order of events in the real world is much more difficult. Both because of its inherent importance and the methodological opportunities it affords, language processing has been the context for much research and theorizing in event cognition. This chapter considers what language processing research has to say about event cognition and what event cognition may have to say about language processing.
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