Dimensions of similarity in the mental lexicon

Melinda Fricke*, Melissa M. Baese-Berk, Matthew Goldrick

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ABSTRACT: During language production planning, multiple candidate representations are implicitly activated prior to articulation. Lexical representations that are phonologically related to the target (phonological neighbours) are known to influence phonetic properties of the target word. However, the question of which dimensions of phonological similarity contribute to such lexical-phonetic effects remains unanswered. In the present study, we reanalyse phonetic data from a previous study, examining the contrasting predictions of different definitions of phonological similarity. Our results suggest that similarity at the level of position-specific phonological segments best predicts the influence of neighbour activation on phonetic properties of initial consonants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-645
Number of pages7
JournalLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 27 2016


  • Language production
  • interactive models
  • lexical access
  • lexical-phonetic variation
  • lexical-phonological neighbourhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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