MoL-2007-20: How illiterates interpret syllogistic problems

MoL-2007-20: Haan, Gustaaf (2007) How illiterates interpret syllogistic problems. [Report]

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In this thesis I have tried to find an explanation for the difference between literate and illiterate people in solving syllogistic tasks. I have formulated a list of experimental tasks designed to test a range of existing and new theories on this question. I interviewed over 23 illiterate subjects. The results are in some sense more puzzling than expected. They provide interesting new clues compared to the existing data from earlier research, and they falsify all (my) hypotheses. In chapter 4 I therefore come up with a new hypothesis, conjecturing that illiterate people do not impose constraints on verbal information of a theoretical nature. These constraints are needed to enforce new information beyond the information given, when two or more pieces of information are integrated. Only a lack of such constraints can explain the explicit inconsistencies encountered in the transcripts.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2007-20
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2007
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:38

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