ERIC Number: EJ1178179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
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Semantic Ambiguity: Do Multiple Meanings Inhibit or Facilitate Word Recognition?
Haro, Juan; Ferré, Pilar
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v47 n3 p679-698 Jun 2018
It is not clear whether multiple unrelated meanings inhibit or facilitate word recognition. Some studies have found a disadvantage for words having multiple meanings with respect to unambiguous words in lexical decision tasks (LDT), whereas several others have shown a facilitation for such words. In the present study, we argue that these inconsistent findings may be due to the approach employed to select ambiguous words across studies. To address this issue, we conducted three LDT experiments in which we varied the measure used to classify ambiguous and unambiguous words. The results suggest that multiple unrelated meanings facilitate word recognition. In addition, we observed that the approach employed to select ambiguous words may affect the pattern of experimental results. This evidence has relevant implications for theoretical accounts of ambiguous words processing and representation.
Descriptors: Ambiguity (Semantics), Inhibition, Word Recognition, Influences, Language Processing, Classification
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