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.
Kathy Conklin firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter J.B. 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.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||May 1, 2011|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition|
|Publisher||American Psychological Association|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|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|
|Keywords||multiword sequences, phrasal frequency, mental lexicon, eye-tracking, bilinguals|
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