However, this does not take into account the speed at which people can make word-of-speech decisions. If the non-speaking decision is made on the basis of the random search for a lexicon after a given entry and cannot be found, the „not wordless” decision should take much longer than the average „word” decision and less variable in terms of time. The expectation that this would take longer is that in the event of a random search, finding an item that is there would have to check half of the items on average, whereas the provision that an item does not exist would require a verification of all items. The expectation of less variability arises from the fact that the number of articles that should be checked to find a particular article would vary randomly from one item to a total number of sentences, while the elements to be verified to find that a particular article did not exist would be the entire sentence. McLeod, P. D., Williams, C.B., Broadbent, D. E. (1971). Free reminder with the help of one and two retrieval picks. British Journal of Psychology, 62, 59-65. Indow, T. (1980). Some characteristics of word sequences that are extracted from certain categories.
In R. S. Nickerson (note), Attention and Performance VIII (p. 621-636). NJ Hillsdale: Erlbaum. Perhaps more interesting is that the OED lacks a few words that might have been expected. REDIVIDE, REIFY and REV are available, but are not reDIVIDER, REIFIER and REVVER. One wonders why, if redividing, re-ifying and Revving are recognized as acts of good faith, the people who carry them out are not recognized as rediving, reifications and Revvers. This is particularly enigmatic, given that REVIVER is quoted as a word.
Another omission that seems a bit strange is EVITATIVE. EVITATE („shun”) is there, as is EVITATION („shunning”), but not EVITATIVE, which, according to Wikipedia, is a grammatical case, present in Australian languages, but could be considered an adjective „to be avoided” given the meanings of EVITATE and EVITATION. A tartrate is a tartaric acid salt that is a main acid of wine and a baking soda ingredient; DETARTRATED, one might think that the past would be senzausen de DETARTRATE, the effect of the elimination of tarrtrates from substances, but the OED does not recognize it as such.