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On Our MindSalience, Context, and Figurative Language$
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Rachel Giora

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195136166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136166.001.0001

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Lexical Access

Lexical Access

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On Our Mind

Rachel Giora

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of lexical access on language comprehension and production and investigates how salience affects ambiguity resolution vis-a-vis contextual information. It explains that the Graded Salience Hypothesis assumes that salient information should always be activated regardless of any contextual information to the contrary. This assumption is based on the observation that though a predictive context may avail appropriate information speedily, it cannot obstruct access to salient information even when inappropriate because contextual and lexical processes do not interact initially but run in parallel.

Keywords:   lexical access, language production, Graded Salience Hypothesis, contextual information, salient information, ambiguity resolution

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