Chapter 11

Lexical Processing and Ambiguity Resolution: An Autonomous Process in an Interactive Box

P.A. Prather,     University of Illinois, Chicago

David A. Swinney,     The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Publisher Summary

This chapter discusses lexical processing and ambiguity resolution. Examinations of the nature of lexical ambiguity resolution have formed the major arena for the study of a number of the basic questions concerning understanding of natural language. Chief among these, and one which has been most clearly elaborated and detailed, is that concerning mental modularity. This issue, which revolves around the question of whether human cognition comprises of a set of informationally encapsulated, autonomous subsystems, ...

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