Spreading Activation, Lexical Priming and the Semantic Web

Early Psycholinguistic Theories, Corpus Linguistics and AI Applications

  • Michael Pace-Sigge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Michael Pace-Sigge
    Pages 1-6
  3. Michael Pace-Sigge
    Pages 115-120
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 121-135

About this book


This book explores the interconnections between linguistics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, their mutually influential theories and developments, and the areas where these two groups can still learn from each other. It begins with a brief history of artificial intelligence theories focusing on figures including Alan Turing and M. Ross Quillian and the key concepts of priming, spread-activation and the semantic web. The author details the origins of the theory of lexical priming in early AI research and how it can be used to explain structures of language that corpus linguists have uncovered. He explores how the idea of mirroring the mind’s language processing has been adopted to create machines that can be taught to listen and understand human speech in a way that goes beyond a fixed set of commands. In doing so, he reveals how the latest research into the semantic web and Natural Language Processing has developed from its early roots. The book moves on to describe how the technology has evolved with the adoption of inference concepts, probabilistic grammar models, and deep neural networks in order to fine-tune the latest language-processing and translation tools. This engaging book offers thought-provoking insights to corpus linguists, computational linguists and those working in AI and NLP.

Michael Pace-Sigge is Senior Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland, Finland. His key areas of research are corpus linguistics and lexical priming. He is the author of Lexical Priming in Spoken English Usage (2013) and co-editor of Lexical Priming: Advances and Applications (2017).


Natural Language Processing Corpus Linguistics Lexical Priming Semantic web Artificial Intelligence Discourse analysis Voice recognition applications digital translators spreading activation probabilistic grammar semantic memory Siri ECHO M. Ross Quillian Google Go Alan Turing Michael Hoey Peter Norvig n-gram model

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Pace-Sigge
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English Language and CultureUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90718-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90719-2
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