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ERIC Number: EJ851487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Spoken Idiom Recognition: Meaning Retrieval and Word Expectancy
Tabossi, Patrizia; Fanari, Rachele; Wolf, Kinou
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v34 n5 p465-495 Sep 2005
This study investigates recognition of spoken idioms occurring in neutral contexts. Experiment 1 showed that both predictable and non-predictable idiom meanings are available at string offset. Yet, only predictable idiom meanings are active halfway through a string and remain active after the string's literal conclusion. Experiment 2 showed that the initial fragment of a predictable idiom inhibits recognition of a word providing a congruous, but literal, conclusion to the expression. No comparable effects were obtained with non-predictable idioms. These findings are consistent with the view that spoken idiom identification differs from word recognition and occurs word-by-word, just as with other familiar, multi-lexical phrases.
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Language: English
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