ERIC Number: ED136207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Effect of Semantic Constraints on Processing Ambiguous Words.
Hartman, David E.
Native English speakers performed a phoneme-monitoring task to assess whether ambiguous words (homographs) require extra processing capacity under two conditions: no prior context and prior context provided by disambiguating subject-noun and verb combinations. Phoneme detection latencies were reliably longer for homographs than for control words when no prior context was provided. This difference disappeared with appropriate subject-noun and verb contexts. These data support a prior-context model for processing ambiguous lexical items. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 1976)