The dynamics of word production

Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron*, Matthew Goldrick

*Corresponding author for this work

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The common sense notion of lexicon as a dictionary implies a static, fixed repository of information about the properties of individual words. This chapter discusses evidence from speech production suggesting that the lexicon in production is best characterized as a process: lexical access. This process involves the dynamic interaction of information from multiple lexical representations, resulting in the production of variable word forms. The corresponding theoretical framework is outlined within the context of single word production. This chapter then discusses a relatively less-well explored area: how lexical access changes when speakers plan and produce multiple words in connected speech. The conclusion points to open theoretical issues raised by new findings in connected speech.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Mental Lexicon
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780191880292
ISBN (Print)9780198845003
StatePublished - Feb 14 2022


  • Connected speech
  • Connectionist models
  • Dynamic co-activation
  • Grammatical encoding
  • Lexical access
  • Phonological processing
  • Speech production
  • Spreading activation
  • Word form encoding
  • Word form variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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