ERIC Number: EJ823553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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CARIN Theory Reanalysis Reanalyzed: A Comment on Maguire, Devereux, Costello, and Cater (2007)
Spalding, Thomas L.; Gagne, Christina L.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v34 n6 p1573-1578 Nov 2008
P. Maguire, B. Devereux, F. Costello, and A. Cater discussed the Gagne and Shoben (1997) CARIN theory of conceptual combination and, after presenting a sample drawn from the British National Corpus and comparing the two corpora, concluded that the Gagne and Shoben corpus is too small and unrepresentative. They then discussed the mathematical model presented by Gagne and Shoben and claimed that the model does not incorporate relational competition. In this article, the authors present critical aspects of the mathematical model not considered by Maguire et al. and show that the mathematical instantiation of CARIN presented by Gagne and Shoben is, in fact, very sensitive to the number of strong competing relations. The authors then present some new comparisons between the corpora, showing that they correspond surprisingly well.
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Competition, Language Processing, Context Effect, Concept Formation, Phrase Structure, Item Sampling
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