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

Siyanova-Chanturia, Anna; Conklin, Kathy; van Heuven, Walter J.B.

Authors

Anna Siyanova-Chanturia

Kathy Conklin kathy.conklin@nottingham.ac.uk

Walter J.B. van Heuven



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2011
Journal Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition
Electronic ISSN 0278-7393
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Siyanova-Chanturia, A., Conklin, K., & van Heuven, W. J. (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), doi:10.1037/a0022531
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/a0022531
Keywords multiword sequences, phrasal frequency, mental lexicon, eye-tracking, bilinguals
Publisher URL http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/xlm/37/3/776/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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