LINGUIST List 8.1041

Sat Jul 12 1997

Sum: Psycholinguistics

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  1. DAVID WHARTON, summary of responses to psycholinguistics query

Message 1: summary of responses to psycholinguistics query

Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 10:08:37 EST
Subject: summary of responses to psycholinguistics query

In LINGUIST 8.981, I posted the following query:

>If an ambiguous word has a strongly dominant sense,
>is that sense most likely to be the one actually selected in neutral
>contexts? Of course the intuitive answer seems obivously to be "yes,"
>but I haven't found any formal studies affirming this, as most studies
>do not explicitly relate dominance bias or strength of activation with
>the processes of sense selection.

>Two more general questions: have the findings of Tabossi
>pretty much spelled an end to a purely modularist view of lexial

>And finally, to what extent are connectionist explanations of lexical
>processing like Kawamoto's (see below) gaining credence among

The sole respondent was James Fidelholtz, who, although he couldn't
directly address my questions, pointed out a very useful compilation
of sense-frequencies for common English words:

Michael West, _A general service list of English words_ (1953),



David Wharton 
Department of Classical Studies 
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412-5001
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