ERIC Number: ED180194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Sentence Production with Homonymous and Polysemous Words. Educational Reports Umea, No. 18.
Forty Swedish university students produced sentences from homographs that could be interpreted either as verbs or nouns. The words also varied in degree of polysemy (multiple meaning). The results indicated that the subjects prefered verb productions when the words were grouped according to objective frequency. This was more evident when the choice of syntactic category was related to the word's polysemous character. The results were explained by a presumed easier access to and a larger number of entries in the subjective lexicon for verbs, caused by their relational character and context dependence. The nouns, on the other hand, are semantically more stable and less accessible because of a higher degree of polysemy. (Author)
Descriptors: College Students, Language Processing, Language Research, Linguistic Competence, Nouns, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Swedish, Verbs
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).