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Query Details

Query Subject:   Request for material about deictic localization / local cases
Author:   Matthias Deja
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Psycholinguistics

Query:   Dear LINGUISTs,

I've done a pretty thorough reveiw of the psycholinguistic literature
on lexical ambiguity, but I'm left with a question that doesn't seem
to be addressed directly in any of the empirical studies I've
read. It's this: 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 (refs. below)
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

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Kawamoto, Alan (1993). `Nonlinear Dynamics in the Resolution of
Lexical Ambiguity: A Parallel Distributed Processing Account,' Journal
of Memory and Language, 32, 474-516.

Tabossi, P. 1988. `Accessing lexical ambiguity in different types of
sentential context.' Journal of Memory and Language 27, 324-340.

Tabossi, P., Colombo, L., & Job, R. 1987. `Accessing lexical
ambiguity: Effects of context and dominance.' Psychological Research
49, 161-167.

Tabossi, P., & Zardon, F. 1993. `Processing ambiguous
words in context.' Journal of Memory and Language 32, 359-372.

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David Wharton
Department of Classical Studies
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412-5001
email: tel. (910)334-5214
LL Issue: 8.981
Date posted: 02-Jul-1997


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