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ERIC Number: EJ939461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0093-934X
Number of Sense Effects of Chinese Disyllabic Compounds in the Two Hemispheres
Huang, Chih-Ying; Lee, Chia-Ying; Huang, Hsu-Wen; Chou, Chia-Ju
Brain and Language, v119 n2 p99-109 Nov 2011
The current study manipulated the visual field and the number of senses of the first character in Chinese disyllabic compounds to investigate how the related senses (polysemy) of the constituted character in the compounds were represented and processed in the two hemispheres. The ERP results in experiment 1 revealed crossover patterns in the left hemisphere (LH) and the right hemisphere (RH). The sense facilitation in the LH was in favor of the assumption of single-entry representation for senses. However, the patterns in the RH yielded two possible interpretations: (1) the nature of hemispheric processing in dealing with sublexical sense ambiguity; (2) the semantic activation from the separate-entry representation for senses. To clarify these possibilities, experiment 2 was designed to push participants to a deeper level of lexical processing by the word class judgment. The results revealed the sense facilitation effect in the RH. In sum, the current study was in support of the single-entry account for related senses and demonstrated that two hemispheres processed sublexical sense ambiguity in a complementary way. (Contains 4 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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