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ERIC Number: EJ818194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
A Tale of Two Frequencies: Determining the Speed of Lexical Access for Mandarin Chinese and English Compounds
Janssen, Niels; Bi, Yanchao; Caramazza, Alfonso
Language and Cognitive Processes, v23 n7-8 p1191-1223 Nov 2008
Two picture naming experiments show that compound word production in Mandarin Chinese and in English is determined by the compound's whole-word frequency, and not by its constituent morpheme frequency. Four control experiments rule out that these results are caused by recognition or articulatory processes. These results are consistent with models of lexical access that assume compounds are stored in their full-form and that frequency affects the retrieval of whole words. The present results corroborate the results from previous studies that have investigated compound word production in Mandarin Chinese, but also differ from those previously reported on compound word production in Dutch. The possibility that this inconsistency arises due to cross-linguistic, or task differences is discussed. (Contains 3 figures, 6 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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