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Determinants of Wordlikeness

Bailey, Todd M. and Hahn, Ulrike 1998. Determinants of Wordlikeness. Presented at: Twentieth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI, USA, 1-4 August 1998. Published in: Gernsbacher, M. A. and Derry, S. J. eds. Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 90-95.

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Wordlikeness, which is generally equated with phonotactics, is becoming an increasingly important variable in the study of language acquisition and processing as well as in the context of verbal short term memory. Past research has sought to establish phonotactic knowledge (knowledge of the possible sequences of sounds within a language) as a distinct kind of knowledge above and beyond knowledge of individual lexical items. It is unclear, however, how separate phonotactic and lexical knowledge really are; conceivably there could be effects of similar sounding lexical neighbors on perceived wordlikeness. We report empirical evidence and analysis demonstrating independent contributions of phonotactics and of lexical neighbors in accounting for wordlikeness ratings, a finding with both methodological and cognitive implications.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum
ISBN: 0805832319
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 14:21

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