The Effects of Word Processing, Recognition and Context in Lexical Ambiguity Resolution

Ferit Kılıçkaya

Abstract


This article aims to discuss the effects of word processing, recognition and context in lexical ambiguity resolution, trying to find an answer to how the reader-listener determines the contextually appropriate meaning of a word. Ambiguity resolution is analyzed and explored in two perspectives: the context in which the lexical items appear and the activation of all the meanings that an ambiguous word has. There is no clear-cut answer to lexical ambiguity resolution and there is a great debate about the role of the context in the activation of the meaning of ambiguous words.

Keywords: Lexical ambiguity, word processing, word recognition, context.


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