Are word meanings corresponding to different grammatical categories organised differently within lexical semantic memory

Joanne Arciuli, Linda Cupples, Gabriella Vigliocco

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    Abstract

    We report on two experiments that examined lexical semantic memory. Experiment 1 included semantically related word-pairs (similarity of meaning) and unrelated word-pairs from three grammatical categories (nouns, verbs, adjectives). Experiment 2 included semantically related word-pairs (contrasting meaning) and unrelated word-pairs from the same three categories. Results of both experiments showed similar levels of semantic priming across same versus different grammatical category word-pairs (e.g., verb-verb pairs vs. verb-adjective pairs). Additional analyses of each experiment showed similar levels of priming within each of the three grammatical categories (i.e., noun-noun vs. verb-verb vs. adjective-adjective pairs). These findings suggest that there are no sharp architectural distinctions amongst words from different grammatical categories within lexical semantic memory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)251-275
    Number of pages25
    JournalThe Mental Lexicon
    Volume1
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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