Marcello Ferro Claudia Marzi Vito Pirrelli

A self-organizing model of word storage and processing: implications for morphology learning

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In line with the classical cornerstone of "dual-route" models of word structure, assuming a sharp dissociation between memory and computation, word storage and processing have traditionally been modelled according to different computational paradigms. Even the most popular alternative to dual-route thinking − connectionist one-route models − challenged the lexicon-grammar dualism only by providing a neurally-inspired mirror image of classical base-to-infl ection rules, while largely neglecting issues of lexical storage. Recent psycho- and neurolinguistic evidence, however, supports a less deterministic and modular view of the interaction between stored word knowledge and on-line processing. We endorse here such a non modular view on morphology to offer a computer model supporting the hypothesis that they are both derivative of a common pool of principles for memory self-organization.


  • lexical processing
  • self organizing maps
  • morphological structure
  • serial memory


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