mental lexicon

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Synonyms for mental lexicon

a language user's knowledge of words

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As Hankamer (1989) observes, most discussion on the processing of morphologically complex words has focused on the issue of their representation in the mental lexicon, as well as the issue of whether their processing involves parsing into component parts.
According to the FLH, each complex word has its own, separate entry in the mental lexicon.
The virtually unlimited number of long words that tan be produced in such languages makes their storage in the mental lexicon as wholes quite unlikely, so Hankamer suggests the possibility that the correct model for all languages is a mixed one in which some morphologically complex forms are listed, whereas others understood via a parsing mechanism, recognizing first the root and then successive suffixes.
The rationale for employing the priming paradigm for investigating the lexical representation of morphologically complex words is that, depending on how these words are stored in the mental lexicon, various priming effects should obtain for their roots and affixes.
While most of the priming research concerning the representation of morphology in the mental lexicon has dealt with derivational forms, much less has been written about the representation and processing of compounds.
In AML the information is contained in a database of items representing the contents of the mental lexicon, and the database may be added to at any time.
The author's explanation is that in the AML simulation the highest predicted probability applies, but it is only a limited estimation of a Spanish speaker's mental lexicon.
iii) can the mental lexicon be modeled by the most frequent words?
Note, however, that there are proper names with group 3 and 4 patterns, and Spanish speakers' mental lexicon cannot be completely identified with the RAE dictionary, since the living language has many more (probably hundreds) of English-originating proparoxytones with a closed penultimate syllable.
The nonce-word test seems to prove that the decisions about the place of stress in forms that are nonexistent, hence cannot be retrieved from the mental lexicon, are made on the basis of associations to stored items, which are (probably) in some way similar to the unfamiliar word.
Singleton, David 1999 Exploring the Second Language mental lexicon.
That is, if one assumes that a base specifies which diminutive(s) it will take, that is similar to saying that the base is associated with its diminutive form, both of which have individual representation in the mental lexicon.
The purpose of the present paper, then, is to demonstrate that diminutive formation may be accounted for without recourse to highly abstract underlying representations, rules, or constraints, but by analogy to other fully specified pairs of bases and their corresponding diminutives in the mental lexicon.
However, the differing contents of the mental lexicon from dialect to dialect means that there is a different set of possible analogs on which to determine the diminutive form of new and previously unknown diminutives.
The present study assumes that all known diminutive forms are stored in the mental lexicon as completely formed entities.