Seeing a phrase “time and again” matters: the role of phrasal frequency in the processing of multiword sequences

Siyanova-Chanturia, Anna and Conklin, Kathy and Van Heuven, Walter 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). pp. 776-784. ISSN 0278-7393

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Abstract

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.

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Keywords: multiword sequences, phrasal frequency, mental lexicon, eye-tracking, bilinguals
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1037/a0022531
Depositing User: Conklin, Dr. Kathy
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 09:03
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 00:25
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28906

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