Summary: Cognitive Science 27 (2003) 801805
Letter to the Editor
Lexical effects on compensation for coarticulation:
a tale of two systems?
James S. Magnusona,, Bob McMurrayb,
Michael K. Tanenhausb, Richard N. Aslinb
Department of Psychology, Columbia University, 1190 Amsterdam Ave., MC5501, New York, NY 10025, USA
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 10025, USA
Received 13 May 2003; received in revised form 3 July 2003; accepted 8 July 2003
We reply to McQueen's commentary by comparing the parsimony of his account of relevant data
and the computational model he favors with the explanation and model we favor. His account requires
multiple independent explanations and mechanisms. Ours requires one: lexical feedback.
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Keywords: Lexical effects; Parsimony; Computational model; Language understanding
McQueen's account of lexically-mediated compensation-for-coarticulation (LCfC), in his
commentary on our article (Magnuson, McMurray, Tanenhaus, & Aslin, 2003; MMTA here-
after), requires that data from studies demonstrating LCfC be divided into three sets, each