ERIC Number: ED180195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Subjective Structures in Linguistic Recurrence. Educational Reports Umea, No. 19.
Three experiments were conducted to test the psychological relevance of objectively quantified word collocations. The first experiment showed that perceived frequency of word combinations roughly followed the objective count. Another recurrent quality of words, constructional tendency, was supplemented as independent variable in the two following experiments. This variable reflects a word's tendency to appear in word combinations and it was found to interact with frequency when subjects rated frequency and comprehensibility. The experiments showed that word collocations, defined at the levels of combinations and constructional tendency of individual words, can be supposed to have psychological counterparts. The linguistic recurrence seems to have cognitive representations. (Author)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Componential Analysis, Comprehension, Grammar, Language Research, Lexicology, Linguistic Theory, Phrase Structure, Psycholinguistics, Psychology, Swedish, Vocabulary, Word Frequency
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).