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mental lexicon

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(Psychology) the store of words in a person's mind
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Noun1.mental lexicon - a language user's knowledge of wordsmental lexicon - a language user's knowledge of words
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
language, speech - the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
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This volume contains nine essays on the acquisition of Romance languages in different contexts, both first and second languages and including Greek, Portuguese, French, Romanian, Persian, Italian, and Spanish, and grammatical issues like quantificational expressions, the representation of consonant clusters in the interlanguage of speakers of different languages, typical morphological issues, and issues related to the mental lexicon.
However, the lexicon activation approach attracted some criticisms from a number of researchers (see Nairne, Pusen & Widner, 1985) who asserted that mental lexicon representation is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for the generation effect to occur.
Another approach to conceptualizing and assessing L2 lexical proficiency examines the manner in which L2 lexical items are stored, processed, and retrieved from the mental lexicon (Aitchison, 1994).
In this context, national and international researchers report that the mastery of certain skills such as phonological processing, composed by the phonological awareness, access to mental lexicon and the phonological working memory [8] should be taken as a predisposing factor for the acquisition and development of reading and writing.
Hinton, Nichols & Ohala, 1994)--in language learning concentrate on the processing of non-arbitrary language by native speakers (Monaghan, Mattock & Walker, 2012; Parault & Schwanenflugel, 2006), thereby neglecting the role that sound symbolism can potentially play in the mental lexicon of non-native speakers.
Accounting for priming in this way, rather than via properties of the architecture of the mental lexicon, is more flexible in that it can more readily account for adaptation effects that are observed in priming experiments, as demonstrated in Gagne & Spalding (2014a).
Any attempt to understand more of the dynamic interaction between the independent knowledge domains interfaced in the mental lexicon, their co-organisation and their characteristically non-linear developmental course is known to go well beyond the limits of introspective intuition, single-domain knowledge, and box-and-arrow models of cognition.
Although the proliferation of allomorphs involves a remarkable increase of redundancy in the mental lexicon, Garrapa believes that this price has to be paid because allomorph selection is synchronically phonologically opaque.
We should delete from our mental lexicon words that bespeak of selfish desires, obsessions, cancellation of others or inciting of sectarian hatred.
These findings suggested that seeing someone speak activates speech processes that link "seen" words to "actual" words in the mental lexicon, and the activation is particularly strong when you see yourself speak.
1997): Words in the mind: An introduction to the mental lexicon, Oxford, Blackwell.