An alternative view of the mental lexicon

  • Elman J
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Abstract

An essential aspect of knowing language is knowing the words of that language. This knowledge is usually thought to reside in the mental lexicon, a kind of dictionary that contains information regarding a word's meaning, pronunciation, syntactic characteristics, and so on. In this article, a very different view is presented. In this view, words are understood as stimuli that operate directly on mental states. The phonological, syntactic and semantic properties of a word are revealed by the effects it has on those states

Author-supplied keywords

  • Cognitive Science
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Mental Processes
  • Models,Psychological
  • Phonetics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Research Support,U.S.Gov't,P.H.S.
  • Review
  • Semantics
  • Verbal Behavior
  • physiology

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  • J L Elman

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