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ERIC Number: ED514876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 81
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-0868-4
The Effect of Word Sociality on Word Recognition
Seaman, Sean
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Wayne State University
While research into the role of semantic structure in the recognition of written and spoken words has grown, it has not looked specifically at the role of conversational context on the recognition of isolated words. This study was a corpus-based and behavioral exploration of a new semantic variable--sociality--and used on-line behavioral testing to obtain new word recognition data using the visual and auditory lexical decision tasks. The results consistently demonstrated that sociality is one of the most robust predictors of lexical decision performance. Overall, it appears that the visual lexical decision task is quite sensitive to the likelihood of words being used in conversations about people, and there is evidence suggesting this effect is multimodal and may extend beyond lexical decision. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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