ERIC Number: EJ850829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Processing of the Korean Eojoel Ambiguity
Lee, Yoonhyoung; Nam, Kichun; Gordon, Peter C.
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v38 n4 p345-362 Aug 2009
Korean writing is a syllabary where spaces occur between phrases rather than between words. This characteristic of Korean allows different types of information in Korean sentences to be dissociated in ways that are not possible in the languages that have been the focus of most psycholinguistic research, thereby providing new opportunities to investigate mechanisms of ambiguity resolution during sentence comprehension. In experiments using eye-tracking and self-paced reading, we examined how readers resolve the "Eojoel ambiguity", where the grouping of syllables is ambiguous with respect to whether a phrase-final syllable is a case marker or a part of a word. This Eojoel ambiguity offers an opportunity to test how relative frequency of the lexical entries and complexity of morphological decomposition affect ambiguity resolution. Overall, the results of the experiments presented here showed that readers noticed and processed the Eojoel ambiguity very rapidly using information about the relative frequency of alternative interpretations, while the complexity of the morphological decomposition had little effect. These results are discussed in terms of constraint-based accounts (MacDonald et al. Psychol Rev 101:676-703, 1994) of ambiguity resolution.
Descriptors: Sentences, Language Processing, Korean, Morphology (Languages), Language Research, Reading Comprehension, Ideography, Experiments, Eye Movements, Morphemes
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