Lexical access as a brain mechanism

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (2):297-299 (2004)
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Abstract

The following questions are addressed concerning how a theory of lexical access can be realized in the brain: (1) Can a brainlike device function without inhibitory mechanisms? (2) Where in the brain can one expect to find processes underlying access to word semantics, syntactic word properties, phonological word forms, and their phonetic gestures? (3) If large neuron ensembles are the basis of such processes, how can one expect these populations to be connected? (4) In particular, how could one-way, reciprocal, and numbered connections be realized? and, (5) How can a neuroscientific approach for multiple access to the same word in the course of the production of a sentence? Footnotes1 This commentary originally appeared in the Levelt et al. treatment in BBS 22(1) (pp. 52–54).

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