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Sharpening Ockham's razor

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 1999

Anne Cutler
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands anne.cutler@mpi.nl
Dennis Norris
Affiliation:
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge CB2 2EF, United Kingdom dennis.norris@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk

Abstract

Language production and comprehension are intimately interrelated; and models of production and comprehension should, we argue, be constrained by common architectural guidelines. Levelt et al.'s target article adopts as guiding principle Ockham's razor: the best model of production is the simplest one. We recommend adoption of the same principle in comprehension, with consequent simplification of some well-known types of models.

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