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Processing and Representation of Ambiguous Words in Chinese Reading: Evidence from Eye Movements
Shen, Wei1,2; Li, Xingshan1; Xingshan Li
First AuthorShen, Wei
2016-11-03
Source PublicationFRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Correspondent Emaillixs@psych.ac.cn
ISSN1664-1078
SubtypeArticle
Volume7Issue:0Pages:1-11
Abstract

In the current study, we used eye tracking to investigate whether senses of polysemous words and meanings of homonymous words are represented and processed similarly or differently in Chinese reading. Readers read sentences containing target words which was either homonymous words or polysemous words. The contexts of text preceding the target words were manipulated to bias the participants toward reading the ambiguous words according to their dominant, subordinate, or neutral meanings. Similarly, disambiguating regions following the target words were also manipulated to favor either the dominant or subordinate meanings of ambiguous words. The results showed that there were similar eye movement patterns when Chinese participants read sentences containing homonymous and polysemous words. The study also found that participants took longer to read the target word and the disambiguating text following it when the prior context and disambiguating regions favored divergent meanings rather than the same meaning. These results suggested that homonymy and polysemy are represented similarly in the mental lexicon when a particular meaning (sense) is fully specified by disambiguating information. Furthermore, multiple meanings (senses) are represented as separate entries in the mental lexicon.

KeywordHomonymy Polysemy Chinese Reading Eye Movements
DOI10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01713
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationNatural Science Foundation of China(31571125) ; Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Imaging Technology(BAICIT-2016018)
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000386840600001
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
WOS KeywordLEXICAL AMBIGUITY ; MULTIPLE MEANINGS ; POLYSEMY ; COMPREHENSION ; SENSES ; RECOGNITION ; FREQUENCY ; HOMONYMY ; ACCESS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/20707
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorXingshan Li
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
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Shen, Wei,Li, Xingshan,Xingshan Li. Processing and Representation of Ambiguous Words in Chinese Reading: Evidence from Eye Movements[J]. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY,2016,7(0):1-11.
APA Shen, Wei,Li, Xingshan,&Xingshan Li.(2016).Processing and Representation of Ambiguous Words in Chinese Reading: Evidence from Eye Movements.FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY,7(0),1-11.
MLA Shen, Wei,et al."Processing and Representation of Ambiguous Words in Chinese Reading: Evidence from Eye Movements".FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 7.0(2016):1-11.
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