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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter gives an overview of experimental studies concerned with the processing of explicit and implicit negation during language comprehension. The studies reported employ a large variety of experimental methods and paradigms, ranging from reaction or reading time experiments, to experiments measuring eye-tracking, EEG, or fMRI during reading. The chapter begins with an overview of early studies on negation processing and is structured according to the five main issues in the literature on negation processing: Is suppression routinely involved in negation processing? Does negation processing per default involve one or two meaning representations? Is negation integration delayed during the processing of negative sentences, and what role do pragmatic aspects play in this respect? How do embodied accounts of meaning representation deal with negation? Does negation processing involve general cognitive mechanisms that are also utilized during non-linguistic conflict processing?

Keywords: two-step model, conflict through negation, suppression, pragmatics of negation, experimental evidence

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