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10.5593/sgemsocial2017/32/S14.109

MODELING CONNECTIONS OF SEMANTIC FIELDS IN MENTAL LEXICON

E. V. Erofeeva, K. I. Belousov, Y. E. Leshchenko
Wednesday 18 October 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017, www.sgemsocial.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-19-5 / ISSN 2367-5659, 24 - 30 August, 2017, Book 3, Vol 2, 841-848 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2017/32/S14.109

ABSTRACT

Mental lexicon is a complex system that reflects in a linguistic form the processes of cognition and structuring the surrounding reality. Mental lexicon can be represented in form of a multidimensional network; its structural units are nodes (fragments of information fixed in individual consciousness) and internodal connections (ways of these elements’ interaction). Internodal connections can have different direction and diverse activation levels. The strongest connections are the semantic ones. They form semantic subnetworks that can be treated as analogues of semantic fields in mental lexicon. The paper tests the hypothesis that semantic fields (subnetworks) are interconnected by way of connections of their units. The method of directed chained associative test (with a chain of not less than 30 reactions) was used in the research. The research material is represented by reactions’ chains received from 139 informants (the total of 4334 reactions). The material was processed in the “Semograph” Information System (semograph.com) that gives a possibility to create semantic classification of reactions with many-to-many correspondence between reactions and fields. The sequence of activating semantic fields in reactions’ chains was analyzed. The received data confirm the hypothesis that mental lexicon units are grouped according to the field principle. In this context separate fields due to the connections of their units are more closely interconnected with each other than with all other fields. The activation of the fields’ connections has a directed character.

Keywords: mental lexicon, structure, subnetwork, semantic field, connections

PAPER DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2017/32/S14.109 ; MODELING CONNECTIONS OF SEMANTIC FIELDS IN MENTAL LEXICON

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