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ERIC Number: EJ1215689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Embodiment Effect on the Comprehension of Mandarin Manual Action Language: An ERP Study
Wang, Huili; Li, Jianrong; Wang, Xiaoshuang; Jiang, Meng; Cong, Fengyu; de Vega, Manuel
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v48 n3 p713-728 Jun 2019
Embodiment theories argue that language comprehension involves activating specific sensory--motor systems in the brain. Previous research performed in English and other Indo-European languages suggests that, when compared to compatible sentences referring to the same actions performed sequentially (e.g. 'After cleaning the wound he unrolled the bandage'), incompatible sentences describing two manual actions performed simultaneously by an agent (e.g. 'While cleaning the wound he unrolled the bandage') were worse understood and increased the event-related potentials (ERPs) component N400. The present ERP research aims to further investigate brain response to motor compatibility in native Mandarin speakers. The Chinese experimental sentences described two manual actions either in incongruent conditions marked by the Chinese parallel structure ??… ??… ('yibian…yibian…'/'while… while…') or congruent conditions marked by the sequential structure ?… ??… ('xian…ranhou…'/'firstly… then…'). The last action clause elicited larger fronto-central N400 in the incongruent condition, which reveals that there are semantic embodiment effects on the comprehension of Mandarin manual action language.
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Language: English
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