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ERIC Number: ED109936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Contextual Constraints on Ambiguous Word Recognition.
Schvaneveldt, Roger W.; And Others
Two major hypotheses are currently at issue concerning the effects of semantic context on ambiguous word recognition: (1) the selective-retrieval hypothesis (SRH) maintains that a single meaning is retrieved from memory, and (2) the nonselective-retrieval hypothesis maintains that all meanings are retrieved from memory. To help clear up this controversy, the following experiment was undertaken. Subjects processed a sequence of three words in which the second word was ambiguous. When the first and second words were semantically related, a similar relation between the second and third words facilitated recognizing the third word, but a dissimilar relation did not. Apparently alternative meanings of ambiguous words are not accessed simultaneously. The data collected is in support of the SRH hypothesis. (Author/TL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Boston, Mass., November 1974)