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Seeing a Phrase " Time and Again" Matters: The Role of Phrasal Frequency in the Processing of Multiword Sequences

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posted on 01.02.2021, 01:20 by Anna 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.

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Siyanova-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 title

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition

Volume

37

Issue

3

Publication date

01/05/2011

Pagination

776-784

Publisher

American Psychological Association (APA)

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

01/01/2011

ISSN

0278-7393

eISSN

1939-1285

Language

en