Is lexical retrieval in speech production like recall or recognition? The effects of word frequency and neighbourhood size

Siobhan B. G. MacAndrew, Trevor A. Harley, Sheila Colgan

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    Abstract

    We investigate the effects of word frequency and lexical neighbourhood density on word recall and recognition. We found a three-way interaction between memory task, the size of lexical neighbourhood of a target word, and target word frequency. In particular, performance on low frequency words with many lexical neighbours was surprisingly good in the recognition condition. The results show that the number of lexical neighbours of the target moderates the word frequency effect in recognition. Large neighbourhood size always has a facilitatory effect upon performance. The findings are contrasted with those observed in lexical access in speech production.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    EditorsLila R. Gleitman, Aravind K. Joshi
    Place of PublicationMahwah, NJ
    PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
    Pages328-334
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9780805838794, 0805838791
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    Event22nd Annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society - Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States
    Duration: 13 Aug 200015 Aug 2000
    Conference number: 22nd

    Conference

    Conference22nd Annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    Abbreviated titleCogSci2000
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityPhiladelphia
    Period13/08/0015/08/00

    Keywords

    • Word recognition

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