Parsing mathematical constructs: results from a preliminary eye tracking study

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Abstract

The semantic model described in this paper is based on ones developed for arithmetic (e.g. McCloskey et al. 1985, Cohene and Dehaene 1995), natural language processing (Fodor 1975, Chomsky 1981) and work by the author on how learners parse mathematical structures. The semantic model highlights the importance of the parsing process and the relationship between this process and the mathematical lexicon/grammar. It concludes by demonstrating that for a learner to become an efficient, competent mathematician a process of top-down parsing is essential.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Day Conference held at The University of Nottingham, Saturday 19th June 2010 and of the New Researchers’ Day held at The University of Leicester, Friday 18th June 2010
EditorsM. Joubert
Pages47–52
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
EventBSRLM New Researchers’ Day / BSRLM Day Conference - University of Nottingham and University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201019 Jun 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
PublisherBSRLM
Number2
Volume30
ISSN (Print)1463-6840

Conference

ConferenceBSRLM New Researchers’ Day / BSRLM Day Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period18/06/1019/06/10

Keywords

  • parsing
  • lexicon
  • grammar
  • cognitive pathway
  • cognitive development

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