ERIC Number: EJ1049871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
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The Representation of Concrete and Abstract Concepts: Categorical versus Associative Relationships
Geng, Jingyi; Schnur, Tatiana T.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v41 n1 p22-41 Jan 2015
In 4 word-translation experiments, we examined the different representational frameworks theory (Crutch & Warrington, 2005; 2010) that concrete words are represented primarily by category, whereas abstract words are represented by association. In our experiments, Chinese-English bilingual speakers were presented with an auditory Chinese word and 3 or 4 written English words simultaneously and asked to select the English word that corresponded to the auditory word. For both abstract and concrete words, higher error rates and longer response times were observed when the English words were categorically or associatively related compared to the unrelated conditions and the magnitude of the categorical effect was bigger than the associative effect. These results challenge the different representational frameworks theory and suggest that although category and association are important for representing abstract and concrete concepts, category plays a greater role for both types of words.
Descriptors: Translation, Chinese, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Bilingualism, Auditory Perception, Associative Learning, Language Processing, Concept Formation, Classification, Role, Reaction Time, Error Patterns, Task Analysis, Written Language, Semantics, Undergraduate Students, Asians, Chinese Americans, Statistical Analysis
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