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Abstractness and Specificity in Spoken Word Recognition: Indexical and Allophonic Variability in Long-Term Repetition Priming

Paul A. Luce, Conor Mclennan and Jan Charles-Luce

in Rethinking Implicit Memory

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632326
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670466 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632326.003.0009
Abstractness and Specificity in Spoken Word Recognition: Indexical and Allophonic Variability in Long-Term Repetition Priming

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This chapter begins by drawing distinctions between indexical and allophonic variability and between episodic and abstractionist theories of lexical form. As it argues, evidence for episodic theories comes primarily—although not exclusively—from research on indexical variability, whereas research on allophonic variability suggests the operation of more abstract codes. It concludes by arguing for a mixed representational model in which differential effects of abstract and episodic codes are predictable based on the processing time considerations.

Keywords: spoken word recognition; allophonic variability; indexical variability; repetition priming; abstractionist theories; episodic codes

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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