The multimodal nature of spoken word processing in the visual world : testing the predictions of alternative models of multimodal integration

Smith, Alastair C. and Monaghan, Padraic and Huettig, Falk (2017) The multimodal nature of spoken word processing in the visual world : testing the predictions of alternative models of multimodal integration. Journal of Memory and Language, 93. pp. 276-303. ISSN 0749-596X

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Ambiguity in natural language is ubiquitous, yet spoken communication is effective due to integration of information carried in the speech signal with information available in the surrounding multimodal landscape. Language mediated visual attention requires visual and linguistic information integration and has thus been used to examine properties of the architecture supporting multimodal processing during spoken language comprehension. In this paper we test predictions generated by alternative models of this multimodal system. A model (TRACE) in which multimodal information is combined at the point of the lexical representations of words generated predictions of a stronger effect of phonological rhyme relative to semantic and visual information on gaze behaviour, whereas a model in which sub-lexical information can interact across modalities (MIM) predicted a greater influence of visual and semantic information, compared to phonological rhyme. Two visual world experiments designed to test these predictions offer support for sub-lexical multimodal interaction during online language processing.

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Journal of Memory and Language
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication Journal of Memory and Language. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Memory and Language, 93, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.jml.2016.08.005
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?? visual world paradigmvisual attentionspoken word recognitionconnectionist modellingmultimodal processingartificial intelligenceneuropsychology and physiological psychologylinguistics and languagelanguage and linguisticsexperimental and cognitive psycholog ??
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