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Distributed representations and the bilingual lexicon: one store or two?

Thomas, Michael S.C. (1998) Distributed representations and the bilingual lexicon: one store or two? In: 4th Neural Computation & Psychology Workshop, Connectionist Representations: Theory and Practice, 9-11 Apr 1997, London, UK.

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Abstract

Several researchers have put forward models of bilingual lexical representation based on extensions to traditional monolingual models, such as those using serial search and interactive activation paradigms. In this paper we examine the implications of employing a distributed notion of lexical representation in a model of the bilingual lexicon. A model is presented that stores knowledge about the words in two languages in a single connectionist network. The model simulates both empirical evidence taken to indicate independent lexical representations, as well as evidence of between-language similarity effects. The latter type of evidence is problematic for models which employ strictly independent lexical representations for each language. The implications of evidence from bilingual language development and from second language acquisition are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: Bullinaria, J.A., Glasspool, D.W. and Houghton, G., eds. 1998. Fourth Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop. London, UK: Springer. ISBN: 9783540762086
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Hall
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 13:35
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4662

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