Language and Memory Research Paper by Spirittalk

An analysis of the relationship between language and memory.
# 151631 | 1,351 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 13, 2012 in Psychology (Memory) , Language (General)

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This paper discusses how the relationship between language and memory cannot be denied and how one could hardly comprehend one without the other. It looks at how the type of memory most closely related to the use of language is semantic memory and how it is the encoding and storage of the lexicon of information that is the foundation of semantic memory provides the vast reservoir of words and associations drawn upon to produce language. The paper further examines how, without semantic memory, the expression of thought by way of language would be impossible and how this relationship is constant, instantaneous, and synergistic.

The Nature and Function of Semantic Memory
The Basic Functions of Language
The Stages of Language Production
The Relationship between Semantic Memory and Language Production

From the Paper:

"Semantic memory takes into account one's direct environmental experiences and organizes the information or knowledge into a network or lexicon refined and constructed by way of new stimuli related to previously experienced stimuli and dependent upon one's process of attention and executive functions (Vaurio, 2004). The resulting database of knowledge facilitates one's ability to interact with one's world. This fountainhead of knowledge serves as an intellectual encyclopedia that retains facts and information; one of the most significant features of sematic memory is its ability to encode and recall word concepts. Void of semantic memory, one would be incapable of thought and unable to express thought by way of language. Retrieval of information from the mental lexicon is influenced by a number of factors, including related word presentation and frequency. Paradigms of word recognition involved in language include the logogen model and the interactive activation model (Robinson-Riegler & Robinson-Riegler, 2008)."

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