Configuring the Phonological Organization of the Mental Lexicon Using Syntactic and Semantic Information

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    Abstract

    This paper tests the hypothesis that the lexicon structure responds to two opposed pressures. First, the pressure for isomorphic representations means that words that occur in similar contexts tend to sound similar. Second, the pressure for disambiguation needs a way to distinguish the similar-sounding words that occur in similar contexts. This corpus-based study finds that while some aspects of the phonological organization of the lexicon respond to the first pressure, others respond to the second. The results presented here support the idea of a complex lexicon able to find solutions and adapt its structure to disparate, often conflicting pressures
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science Society
    EditorsBruno G. Bara, Lawrence Barsalou , Monica Bucciarelli
    PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9768318-1-5
    ISBN (Print)0-9768318-1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event27th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science Society - Stresa, Italy
    Duration: 21 Jul 200523 Jul 2005

    Conference

    Conference27th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science Society
    Abbreviated title CogSci 2005
    CountryItaly
    CityStresa
    Period21/07/0523/07/05

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    Tamariz, M. (2005). Configuring the Phonological Organization of the Mental Lexicon Using Syntactic and Semantic Information. In B. G. Bara, L. Barsalou , & M. Bucciarelli (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science Society Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.