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Subject/Keyword
semantic integration
position-in-the-string
semantic transparency
compound words
morphological decomposition
semantic representations
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Marchak, Kristan
Supervisor and department
Spalding, Thomas (Psychology)
Gagné, Christina (Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Westbury, Chris (Psychology)
Baayen, Harald (Linguistics)
Department
Department of Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-17T20:15:31Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This project examined whether the availability of the semantic representations of the constituents of opaque compounds depends on the transparency of the first and second constituents. Four semantic priming experiments were conducted using a lexical decision task. Across the experiments, the transparency of the first or second constituents of compound primes was manipulated, while the transparency of the other constituent was held constant. Response times to targets preceded by related or unrelated compound primes were compared. Semantic priming was observed for all constituents, except the first constituents of fully opaque compounds. The lack of semantic priming for fully opaque compounds could be the result of a conflict between the constructed and retrieved meanings of these compounds (as discussed by Gagné & Spalding, 2009; Ji, 2008; Ji, Gagné, & Spalding, in press). This research suggests that constituent semantic representations are available and that semantic integration might occur even for opaque compounds.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3JF09
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License granted by Kristan Marchak (kmarchak@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-16T19:06:01Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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