Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Levelt et al.: Lexical access in speech production

Contact points between lexical retrieval and sentence production

Gabriella Vigliocco a1 and Marco Zorzi a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53706
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Trieste, 34123 Trieste, Italy


Speakers retrieve words to use them in sentences. Errors in incorporating words into sentential frames are revealing with respect to the lexical units as well as the lexical retrieval mechanism; hence they constrain theories of lexical access. We present a reanalysis of a corpus of spontaneously occurring lexical exchange errors that highlights the contact points between lexical and sentential processes.