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A reanalysis of the CARIN theory of conceptual combination.
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PMID:  17576155     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The competition among relations in nominals (CARIN) theory of conceptual combination (C. L. Gagné & E. J. Shoben, 1997) proposes that people interpret nominal compounds by selecting a relation from a pool of competing alternatives and that relation availability is influenced by the frequency with which relations have been previously associated with the modifying concept. The current authors derived relation frequencies by using a sample of compounds occurring in the British National Corpus and compared them with those derived by Gagné and Shoben. The authors demonstrated that the original relation frequencies are unrepresentative and that Gagne' and Shoben's technique for dichotomizing them into high and low is unreliable. In addition, the authors revealed anomalies in the mathematical instantiation of the CARIN model and showed that it does not provide evidence for competition among relations.
Phil Maguire; Barry Devereux; Fintan Costello; Arthur Cater
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0278-7393     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-19     Completed Date:  2007-08-28     Revised Date:  2009-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8207540     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  811-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Computer ScienceNational University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Psychological Theory*
Psychology / methods*
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J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2008 Nov;34(6):1573-8   [PMID:  18980417 ]

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