Real World Constraints on the Mental Lexicon: Assimilation, the Speech Lexicon and the Information Structure of Spanish words

Monica Tamariz, Richard Shillcock

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the optimum use of representational space by words in speech and in the mental lexicon. In order to do this we draw the concept of entropy from information theory and use it to plot the information contour of words. We compare different representations of Spanish speech: a citation vs. a fast-speech transcription of a speech corpus and a dictionary lexicon vs. a speech lexicon. We also compare the information profiles yielded by the speech corpus vs. that of the speech lexicon in order to contrast the representation of words over two representational spaces: time and storage space in the brain. Finally we discuss the implications for the mental lexicon and interpret the analyses we present as evidence for a version of Butterworth's (1983) Full Listing Hypothesis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    EditorsJohanna D. Moore, Keith Stenning
    PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
    ISBN (Print) 0-8058-4152-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    Event23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 1 Aug 20014 Aug 2001

    Conference

    Conference23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    Abbreviated titleCogSci 2001
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityEdinburgh
    Period1/08/014/08/01

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    Tamariz, M., & Shillcock, R. (2001). Real World Constraints on the Mental Lexicon: Assimilation, the Speech Lexicon and the Information Structure of Spanish words. In J. D. Moore, & K. Stenning (Eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.