Language processing as cue integration: Grounding the psychology of language in perception and neurophysiology
Martin, A. E.
Language processing as cue integration: Grounding the psychology of language in perception and neurophysiology. Frontiers in Psychology, 7
: 120. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00120.
I argue that cue integration, a psychophysiological mechanism from vision and multisensory perception, offers a computational linking hypothesis between psycholinguistic theory and neurobiological models of language. I propose that this mechanism, which incorporates probabilistic estimates of a cue's reliability, might function in language processing from the perception of a phoneme to the comprehension of a phrase structure. I briefly consider the implications of the cue integration hypothesis for an integrated theory of language that includes acquisition, production, dialogue and bilingualism, while grounding the hypothesis in canonical neural computation.