University of Arizona
Psyc 542 Lexical Systems


    These will be available on ERes. Where no electronic version is available, photocopies will be available outside my office in the Psycholinguistics Lab (room 415a).  You can either read these in the lab, or take them away for photocopying -- but please return them as soon as you can.

Background Reading

For those students without any background in cognitive psychology, the following reference may be helpful.

Carroll, D.W. (1999).  Psychology of Language.  (3rd ed.) Pacific Grove, CA.: Brooks-Cole Publishing Company. Chapter 3 "Psychological Mechanisms".  (hard copy only)         

A useful survey of basic concepts for students lacking any background in cognitive psychology.

In addition, I have many undergraduate texts in cognitive psychology that you are welcome to borrow.


Topic 1. Lexical Access and Content-Addressability.

Forster, K. I. (1976). Accessing the mental lexicon. In R.J.Wales & E.Walker (Eds.), New Approaches to Language Mechanisms. (pp. 257-287). Amsterdam: North-Holland. (available on ERes)

Taft, M. (1991). Reading and the Mental Lexicon. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Ch 1-2. (hard copy only)

An excellent introductory survey of research issues in visual word recognition -- very easy to follow.

Forster, K.I., & Bednall, E.S. (1976). Terminating and exhaustive search in lexical access. Memory & Cognition, 4, 53-61. (hard copy only)
Early experiments dealing with accessing of ambiguous words.

O'Connor, R.E., & Forster, K.I. (1981). Criterion bias and search sequence bias in word recognition. Memory & Cognition, 9, 78-92.
(hard copy only)
Testing predictions based on logogen and search models.

McClelland, J.L., & Rumelhart, D.E. (1981). An interactive activation model of context effects in letter perception: Part 1. An account of basic findings. Psychological Review), 88, 375-407. (hard copy only)
Outlining the Interactive Activation Model

(summary of points made in lecture)