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Title: Morphological Processing In Chinese Compounds: The Time Course of Semantic Transparency Effect
Authors: WANG JIE
Keywords: morphological processing, semantic transparency, visual Chinese compound recognition, cross-language semantic priming, time course, graded effects
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2011
Citation: WANG JIE (2011-09-28). Morphological Processing In Chinese Compounds: The Time Course of Semantic Transparency Effect. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Adopting the cross-language short-term priming paradigms, the current study investigated the semantic transparency effects on morphological processing in Chinese compounds. Two manipulations were implemented in the study: one is the prime durations (50ms, 150ms and 250ms); the other is the prime type. We used three types of primes: 1) semantically transparent Chinese compound primes (TT), 2) semantically opaque Chinese compound primes (OO), and 3) morphologically unrelated (i.e. baseline). For related primes, we paired each OO compound with a TT one so that in every pair one morpheme is shared. The target is the English translation of the shared morpheme. To investigate graded semantic transparency effects, we also contrasted transparent compounds versus partially transparent compounds. The design was the same as the comparison between TT and OO. The results suggest that semantic transparency modulates the magnitude of morphological segmentation in reading Chinese compounds. More critically, this semantic influence is graded and time-sensitive.
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