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
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period13/08/0015/08/00

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MacAndrew, S. B. G., Harley, T. A., & Colgan, S. (2000). Is lexical retrieval in speech production like recall or recognition? The effects of word frequency and neighbourhood size. In L. R. Gleitman, & A. K. Joshi (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 328-334). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.