Filled pauses and their status in the mental lexicon

  title={Filled pauses and their status in the mental lexicon},
  author={Richard Shillcock and Simon Kirby and Scott McDonald and Chris Brew},
We report a study of the relationship between form and meaning in the most frequent monosyllabic words in the lexicon of English. There is a small but significant correlation between the phonological distance and the semantic distance between each pair of words. To this extent, words that have similar meanings tend to sound similar. Words differ as to the size of this meaning-form correlation in their relationship with all of the other words. When the words are ranked according to the size of… CONTINUE READING