The Lexical Basis of Sentence Processing

The Lexical Basis of Sentence Processing : Formal, Computational and Experimental Issues

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Lexical effects on language processing are currently a major focus of attention in studies of sentence comprehension. This thematic collection provides a uniquely multi-faceted and integrated viewpoint on key aspects of lexicalist theories, drawing from the fields of theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics. The focus of this stimulating volume is on a number of central topics: The discussion of foundational issues concerning the nature of the lexicon and its relationship to sentence understanding; the exploration of the relationship between syntactic and lexical processing; and the investigation of the specific content of lexical entries, especially for verbs. The authors draw on a range of methodologies, from computational modeling to corpus studies to behavioral and neuro-imaging experimental techniques. The breadth of topics and methodologies is brought together by the articulated, critical analysis of the field provided in the introduction. The research reported here elaborates both the structure and the probabilistic content of lexical representations, and meets up with work in computer science, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy on the relation between conceptual, grammatical, and statistical more

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  • Hardback | 371 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 612.36g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588111563
  • 9781588111562

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Words, numbers and all that: The lexicon in sentence understanding (by Stevenson, Suzanne); 3. The lexicon in Optimality Theory (by Bresnan, Joan); 4. Optimality-theoretic Lexical Functional Grammar (by Johnson, Mark); 5. The lexicon and the laundromat (by Fodor, Jerry); 6. Semantics in the spin cycle: Competence and performance criteria for the creation of lexical entries (by Weinberg, Amy); 7. Connectionist and symbolist sentence processing (by Steedman, Mark); 8. A computational model of the grammatical aspects of word recognition as supertagging (by Kim, Albert E.); 9. Incrementality and lexicalism: A treebank study (by Lombardo, Vincenzo); 10. Modular architectures and statistical mechanisms: The case from lexical category disambiguation (by Crocker, Matthew); 11. Encoding and storage in working memory during sentence comprehension (by Stowe, Laurie A.); 12. The time course of information integration in sentence processing (by Spivey, Michael J.); 13. The lexical source of unexpressed participants and their role in sentence and discourse understanding (by Mauner, Gail); 14. Reduced relatives judged hard require constraint-based analyses (by Filip, Hana); 15. Predicting thematic role assignments in context (by Altmann, Gerry T.M.); 16. Lexical semantics as a basis for argument structure frequency biases (by Argamann, Vera); 17. Verb sense and verb subcategorization probabilities (by Roland, Doug); 18. Author index; 19. Item indexshow more