ERIC Number: EJ787471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Is Long-Term Structural Priming Affected by Patterns of Experience with Individual Verbs?
Kaschak, Michael P.; Borreggine, Kristin L.
Journal of Memory and Language, v58 n3 p862-878 Apr 2008
Several recent papers have reported long-term structural priming effects in experiments where previous patterns of experience with the double object and prepositional object constructions are shown to affect later patterns of language production for those constructions. The experiments reported in this paper address the extent to which these long-term priming effects are modulated by the participants' patterns of experience with particular verbs within the double object and prepositional object constructions. The results of three experiments show that patterns of experience with particular verbs using the double object or prepositional object constructions do not have much effect on the shape of the long-term structural priming effects reported elsewhere in the literature. These findings lend support to the claim that structural priming is the result of adaptations to the language production system that occur on an abstract, structural level of representation that is separate from representations regarding the behavior of particular lexical items in particular constructions [e.g., Chang, F., Dell, G. S., & Bock, K. (2006). Becoming syntactic. "Psychological Review," 113, 234-272].
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Verbs, Language Processing, Experiments, Language Acquisition, Cognitive Processes
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