Speakers' and Listeners' Processes in a Word-Communication Task

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Science  11 Sep 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3637, pp. 1201-1203
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3637.1201


A communication task was developed to investigate the processes by which a speaker selects verbal clues in order to distinguish one word (referent) from another (nonreferent) and the processes by which a listener identifies the speaker's referent word. Data from speakers and listeners in this task were linked to word-association norms by means of a stochastic model.