Clusters in the mind?
Converging evidence from near synonymy in Russian
This paper provides experimental evidence to support the existence of mental correlates of lexical clusters. Data were collected by means of a sorting task and a gap filling task designed to study the cognitive reality of clusters of near synonyms as well as of the properties that have high predictive power for subcategorizing near synonyms. The results for nine near-synonymous verbs expressing ‘try’ in Russian confirm the linguistic account of the synonym structure that was proposed on the basis of corpus data in Divjak and Gries (2006). We conclude that speakers learn and retain exemplars from which they extract distributional patterns that help shape the arrangement of verbs in lexical space. Consequently, a corpus-based behavioral profile approach to lexical semantics is strengthened as it provides a firm basis for cognitively realistic language descriptions.
Keywords: behavioral profiles, near synonymy, cluster analysis, lexical clusters, mental correlates of linguistic models, sorting, Russian, gap-filling
Published online: 17 September 2008
Cited by 15 other publications
Deshors, Sandra & Stefan Th. Gries
Divjak, Dagmar & Antti Arppe
Divjak, Dagmar, Ewa Dąbrowska & Antti Arppe
Divjak, Dagmar, Nina Szymor & Anna Socha-Michalik
FEIST, MICHELE I. & SARAH E. DUFFY
Klavan, Jane & Dagmar Divjak
Liesenfeld, Andreas, Meichun Liu & Chu-Ren Huang
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 30 august 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.