Effects of phonological overlap on fluency, speech rate, and word order in unscripted sentence production
The last two papers based on Katrina Furth’s and Caitie Hilliard’s work back when they were at Rochester just came out in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
The JEP:LMC paper investigates how lemma selection (i.e., word choice) is affected by phonological overlap. We find evidence for a (weak) bias against sequences of phonologically onset overlapping words. That is, when speakers have a choice, they seem to prefer sentences like “Hannah gave the hammer to the boy”, rather than “Hannah handed the hammer to the boy”. This suggests very early effects of phonology on lexical production, which seem to be incompatible with strictly serial models of word production.
Jaeger, T. F., Furth, K., and Hilliard, C. 2012. Phonological overlap affects lexical selection during sentence production. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38(5), 1439-1449. [doi: 10.1037/a0027862]
The Frontiers paper investigates Read the rest of this entry »
And while I am at it, let me post three more papers that are interesting for anyone interested in uniform information density and, more generally, theories of communicatively efficient language production (though most of you may already know these papers):
- They call it speech information rate, but it’s essentially the same: Pellegrine, F., Coupe, C., and Marsico, E. 2011. A cross-linguistic perspective on speech information rate. Language 87(3), 539-558.
- Maurits, L., Perfors, A., and Navarro, D. 2010. Why are some word orders more common than others. A uniform information density account. NIPS.
- S.T. Piantadosi, H. Tily, and E. Gibson. 2011. Word lengths are optimized for efficient communication.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(9):3526.