Morphological Representation as a Correlation Between form and Meaning
Lexical memory exists for the purpose of mapping meaning onto word form. It interfaces with the world via a level of representation that corresponds to the presented form of the word (either orthographic or auditory), and access to this representation makes available the semantic information associated with it. Such a form-to-meaning association has been built up over repeated occurrences of the same form referring to the same thing. That is, the lexical system captures the correlation that can be found between a form and the context in which it occurs. For example, the word form cat is consistently found in a context that refers to a furry, whiskered pet that says “miaow”, even though this context might vary markedly in other ways (e.g., when referring to a cat stuck up a tree, a cat owned in one’s childhood, or a cat chasing a mouse).
KeywordsSemantic Feature Form Level Compound Word Complex Word Form Unit
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