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 [email protected]
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Trieste, 34123 Trieste, Italy [email protected]


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.