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    A Reanalysis of the CARIN Theory of Conceptual Combination

    Maguire, Phil and Devereux, Barry and Costello, Fintan and Cater, Arthur (2007) A Reanalysis of the CARIN Theory of Conceptual Combination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33 (4). pp. 811-821. ISSN 1939-1285

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    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: conceptual combination; nominal compounds; thematic relations; CARIN model;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 8843
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    Depositing User: Phil Maguire
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 15:05
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
    Publisher: American Psychological Association
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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