Modularity and the processing of closed-class words

Richard C. Shillcock, Ellen Gurman Bard

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Presents data concerning the processing of closed-class words and investigates some of the claims concerning modularity in the light of these data. An examination of how open- and closed-class words are stored and processed differently is presented. Evidence is presented that the speech signal itself contains information which could enable an a-syntactic lexical access model to discriminate closed- from open-class words. The possibility that lexical access may sometimes be non-modular with respect to syntactic information is discussed. It is proposed that closed-class words constitute a principles exception to the general encapsulation of lexical access from syntactic information. A revised account of modularity in human speech processing is offered based on evidence for the non-modular access of closed-class words. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive models of speech processing: The Second Sperlonga Meeting
EditorsGerry Altmann, Richard Shillcock
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-0863773020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993


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