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ERIC Number: EJ1078681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
The Effect of Non-Sentential Context Prosody on Homographs' Lexical Activation in Persian
Feizabadi, Parvin Sadat; Bijankhan, Mahmood
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v44 n6 p831-838 Dec 2015
This study examines the effect of non-sentential context prosody pattern on lexical activation in Persian. For this purpose a questionnaire including target and non-target words is used. The target words are homographs with two possible stress patterns belonging to different syntactic categories. Participants are asked to read out the words aloud and note the first word that comes to their mind. The results show that by reading the target words, both meanings of the target words are activated in mind and the prosodic pattern of the non-sentential preceding context does not affect the activation of the other stress pattern meaning. This result suggests that the metrical prosodic pattern of non-sentential context is not a strong constraint to determine which meaning of the target word must be activated. The experiment also illustrates that the stress pattern used to read the target words does not necessarily matches the stress pattern of the target word which relates to the written word. These findings confirm Swinney ("Verb Learn Verb Behav" 18:645-665, 1979) and Elston-G├╝ttler and Friederici's ("J Mem Lang" 52(2):256-283, 2005) finding that both meanings of an ambiguous word are accessed at the first stage. This study shows that in lack of semantic context, Persian natives behave homographs as ambiguous words and there is no bias towards preferring one meaning over another.
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Language: English
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