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|Title:||Auditory word recognition of verbs: Effects of verb argument structure on referent identification|
|Author:||Sanz Torrent, M.|
Andreu Barrachina, Llorenç
Rodriguez Ferreiro, J.
|Citation:||Sanz-Torrent, M., Andreu, L., Rodriguez Ferreiro, J., Coll-Florit, M., & Trueswell, J. C. (2017). Auditory word recognition of verbs: Effects of verb argument structure on referent identification. PLoS ONE, 12(12) doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188728|
|Abstract:||Word recognition includes the activation of a range of syntactic and semantic knowledge that is relevant to language interpretation and reference. Here we explored whether or not the number of arguments a verb takes impinges negatively on verb processing time. In this study, three experiments compared the dynamics of spoken word recognition for verbs with different preferred argument structure. Listeners¿ eye movements were recorded as they searched an array of pictures in response to hearing a verb. Results were similar in all the experiments. The time to identify the referent increased as a function of the number of arguments, above and beyond any effects of label appropriateness (and other controlled variables, such as letter, phoneme and syllable length, phonological neighborhood, oral and written lexical frequencies, imageability and rated age of acquisition). The findings indicate that the number of arguments a verb takes, influences referent identification during spoken word recognition. Representational complexity and amount of information generated by the lexical item that aids target identification are discussed as possible sources of this finding. © 2017 Sanz-Torrent et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
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