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ERIC Number: EJ1008776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
The Processing Advantage and Disadvantage for Homophones in Lexical Decision Tasks
Hino, Yasushi; Kusunose, Yuu; Lupker, Stephen J.; Jared, Debra
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v39 n2 p529-551 Mar 2013
Studies using the lexical decision task with English stimuli have demonstrated that homophones are responded to more slowly than nonhomophonic controls. In contrast, several studies using Chinese stimuli have shown that homophones are responded to more rapidly than nonhomophonic controls. In an attempt to better understand the impact of homophony, we investigated homophone effects for Japanese kanji words in a lexical decision task. The results indicated that, whereas a processing disadvantage emerged for homophones when they have only a single homophonic mate (as in the English experiments), a processing advantage occurred for homophones when they have multiple homophonic mates (as in the Chinese experiments). On the basis of these results, we discuss the nature of the processes that may be responsible for producing the processing advantages and disadvantages for homophones. (Contains 8 tables and 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Japan