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.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||The Mental Lexicon|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
Arciuli, J., Cupples, L., & Vigliocco, G. (2006). Are word meanings corresponding to different grammatical categories organised differently within lexical semantic memory. The Mental Lexicon, 1(2), 251-275.