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ERIC Number: EJ747580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0002-726X
Organization and Use of the Mental Lexicon by Deaf and Hearing Individuals
Marschark, Marc; Convertino, Carol; McEvoy, Cathy; Masteller, Allison
American Annals of the Deaf, v149 n1 p51-61 2004
Two experiments explored the taxonomic organization of mental lexicons in deaf and hearing college students. Experiment 1 used a single-word association task to examine relations between categories and their members. Results indicated that both groups' lexical knowledge is similar in terms of overall organization, with associations between category names and exemplars stronger for hearing students; only the deaf students showed asymmetrical exemplar-category relations. Experiment 2 used verbal analogies to explore the application of taxonomic knowledge in an academically relevant task. Significant differences between deaf and hearing students were obtained for six types of analogies, although deaf students who were better readers displayed response patterns more like hearing students'. Hearing students' responses reflected their lexical organization; deaf students' did not. These findings implicate the interaction of word knowledge, world knowledge, and literacy skills, emphasizing the need to adapt instructional methods to student knowledge in educational contexts. (Contains 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency