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Exploring intralexical meaning: Semantic neighbourhood and transparency effects on the reading of compound words

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  • This exploratory archival analysis investigates the relationships probabilistic co-occurrence measures of semantic association and semantic richness have with subjective measures of semantic transparency in English compound words. We also examine their correlations with behavioural measures. Specifically, the present study establishes links between nominal transparency classification [11]; participant ratings of whole word transparency and lexeme meaning dominance (LMD) [9]; vector-based measures of semantic distance, semantic neighbourhood density, and semantic neighbourhood dispersion [5, 6]; and lexical decision data from the English Lexicon Project [1]. We show that semantic distances between the whole compound and its constituent lexemes may capture associative information involved in transparency and LMD ratings. Further, evidence is presented for the semantic neighbourhoods of constituent morphemes playing a role in compound recognition.

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