Seeing a Phrase " Time and Again" Matters: The Role of Phrasal Frequency in the Processing of Multiword Sequences
journal contributionposted on 2021-02-01, 01:20 authored by Anna SiyanovaAnna Siyanova, K Conklin, WJB van Heuven
Are speakers sensitive to the frequency with which phrases occur in language? The authors report an eye-tracking study that investigates this by examining the processing of multiword sequences that differ in phrasal frequency by native and proficient nonnative English speakers. Participants read sentences containing 3-word binomial phrases (bride and groom) and their reversed forms (groom and bride), which are identical in syntax and meaning but that differ in phrasal frequency. Mixed-effects modeling revealed that native speakers and nonnative speakers, across a range of proficiencies, are sensitive to the frequency with which phrases occur in English. Results also indicate that native speakers and higher proficiency nonnatives are sensitive to whether a phrase occurs in a particular configuration (binomial vs. reversed) in English, highlighting the contribution of entrenchment of a particular phrase in memory. © 2011 American Psychological Association.
Preferred citationSiyanova-Chanturia, A., Conklin, K. & van Heuven, W. J. B. (2011). Seeing a Phrase " Time and Again" Matters: The Role of Phrasal Frequency in the Processing of Multiword Sequences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 37(3), 776-784. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0022531
Journal titleJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association (APA)
Online publication date2011-01-01
multiword sequencesphrasal frequencymental lexiconeye-trackingbilingualsAttentionEye MovementsFemaleHumansMaleMemoryModels, StatisticalReadingSemanticsTime FactorsYoung Adultlanguagepsycholinguisticslanguage processingbinomial expressionword frequencyeye trackingSocial SciencesPsychologyPsychology, ExperimentalWORD-FREQUENCYMODELENGLISHUSAGEDISAMBIGUATIONREPETITIONACCESSExperimental PsychologyCognitive Sciences