Lexicons, Contexts, Events, and Images: Commentary on From the Perspective of Dual Coding TheoryElman (2009)
Version of Record online: 8 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 198–209, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Paivio, A. and Sadoski, M. (2011), Lexicons, Contexts, Events, and Images: Commentary on From the Perspective of Dual Coding Theory. Cognitive Science, 35: 198–209. doi: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2010.01146.x
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 8 NOV 2010
- Received 29 October 2009; received in revised form 26 July 2010; accepted 28 July 2010
- Event representation;
- World knowledge
Elman (2009) proposed that the traditional role of the mental lexicon in language processing can largely be replaced by a theoretical model of schematic event knowledge founded on dynamic context-dependent variables. We evaluate Elman’s approach and propose an alternative view, based on dual coding theory and evidence that modality-specific cognitive representations contribute strongly to word meaning and language performance across diverse contexts which also have effects predictable from dual coding theory.