ERIC Number: ED180193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Semantic Variability and Word Comprehension. Educational Reports Umea, No. 17.
Swedes in four different age groups (9, 12, 15 and 18 years) judged written words which varied in three dimensions: syntactic category, objective frequency, and polysemy (multiple meaning). The subjects judged ease of comprehension of 24 words in a factorial arrangement. The method used was Thurstone's paired comparisons. A predicted complex relationship among the three independent variables, e.g. a triple interaction, could not be supported. Subjects in older aqes did not seem to have a finer discrimination ability for words with different degrees of polysemy. It was concluded that the phenomenon of polysemy has to be incorporated in research on word comprehension. This approach avoids the current normative approach and leads to a more relevant starting point where semantic invariance must be substituted for semantic variability. (Author)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Comprehension, Error Analysis (Language), Factor Analysis, Intellectual Development, Language Research, Psycholinguistics, Reading Comprehension, Semantics, Swedish
Department of Education, University of Umea, S-901 87 Umea, Sweden (free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Swedish Council for Social Science Research, Stockholm.
Authoring Institution: Umea Univ. (Sweden).