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The Architecture of CognitionRethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge$
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Paco Calvo and John Symons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027236

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.001.0001

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Systematicity in the Lexicon

Systematicity in the Lexicon

On Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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(p.115) 5 Systematicity in the Lexicon
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The Architecture of Cognition
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Jeffrey L. Elman

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0005

Words are, if not exactly semantic ‘atoms’, at least assumed to be core elements of meaning. Their high degree of context dependence poses challenges to classic views of systematicity, however. In this chapter, I suggest an alternative view in which words are understood as cues to meaning rather than having intrinsic meaning themselves. This proposal is explored through experimental tests, and a computational model is developed that illustrates the properties of the ‘words-as-cues’ hypothesis.

Keywords:   Lexicon, Simple recurrent network, Words-as-cues, Prediction, Event knowledge

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