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ERIC Number: EJ851477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Partial Knowledge of Word Meanings: Thematic and Taxonomic Representations
Whitmore, Jeannette M.; Shore, Wendelyn J.; Smith, Peg Hull
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v33 n2 p137-164 Mar 2004
The type of information (taxonomic or thematic) available at different levels of knowledge was investigated. Following extensive norming to identify taxonomic and thematic associates of low-frequency nouns, participants determined if taxonomic or thematic associates were meaningfully related to target words at three levels of knowledge: target words they correctly defined (known), recognized as familiar (frontier), or mistakenly denied as part of the language (unknown). In another experiment, participants reported which type of relationship (taxonomic or thematic) was preferred. Results indicated that both types of information were available at all levels of knowledge. However, accuracy and preference were greater for taxonomic associates across word levels. A differential increase in available thematic information relative to taxonomic information was found. Implications for the acquisition and representation of word meanings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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