Competition and Symmetry in an Artificial Word Learning Task

@inproceedings{Buccola2018CompetitionAS,
  title={Competition and Symmetry in an Artificial Word Learning Task},
  author={Brian Buccola and Isabelle Dautriche and Emmanuel Chemla},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
  year={2018}
}
Natural language involves competition. The sentences we choose to utter activate alternative sentences (those we chose not to utter), which hearers typically infer to be false. Hence, as a first approximation, the more alternatives a sentence activates, the more inferences it will trigger. But a closer look at the theory of competition shows that this is not quite true and that under specific circumstances, so-called symmetric alternatives cancel each other out. We present an artificial word… CONTINUE READING
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