A Tale of Two Frequencies: Determining the Speed of Lexical Access in Mandarin Chinese and English Compounds

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Title: A Tale of Two Frequencies: Determining the Speed of Lexical Access in Mandarin Chinese and English Compounds
Author: Caramazza, Alfonso; Janssen, Niels; Bi, Yanchao

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Citation: Janssen, Niels, Yanchao Bi, and Alfonso Caramazza. 2008. A tale of two frequencies: Determining the speed of lexical access in Mandarin Chinese and English compounds. Language and Cognitive Processes 23, no. 7-8: 1191-1223.
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Abstract: 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.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01690960802250900
Other Sources: http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~caram/publications.html
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:2961665

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