The neighborhood characteristics of malapropisms.

  title={The neighborhood characteristics of malapropisms.},
  author={Michael S. Vitevitch},
  journal={Language and speech},
  volume={40 ( Pt 3)},
This study examined the phonological neighborhood characteristics (frequency, density, and neighborhood frequency) of 138 malapropisms. Malapropisms are whole word substitutions that are phonologically, but not semantically, related. A statistical analysis of a speech error corpus suggests that neighborhood density and word frequency differentially affected the number of malapropisms. Specifically, a greater number of malapropisms were found among high frequency words with dense neighborhoods… CONTINUE READING
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