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Query Details


Query Subject:   Effects of Frequencies on Speech Production
Author:   Kim Potowski
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition

Query:   Greetings,

I'm wondering what evidence exists that, on a lexical task, the first word
offered by a speaker may in fact be the word that is heard and
produced with higher frequency (the thorny problem of interviewer
effects notwithstanding).

Matthei & Roeper (1985) argue that frequency of occurrence of a word
affects the time it takes to gain access in the mental lexicon.

Anything else?

Happy to compile & share responses upon request.

Thanks,
Kim Potowski
The University of Illinois at Chicago
LL Issue: 23.215
Date posted: 12-Jan-2012



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