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Effects of phrase and word frequencies in noun phrase production.
J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 2019; 45(1):147-165JE

Abstract

There is mounting evidence that the ease of producing and understanding language depends not only on the frequencies of individual words but also on the frequencies of word combinations. However, in two picture description experiments, Janssen and Barber (2012) found that French and Spanish speakers' speech onset latencies for short phrases depended exclusively on the frequencies of the phrases but not on the frequencies of the individual words. They suggested that speakers retrieved phrase-sized units from the mental lexicon. In the present study, we examined whether the time required to plan complex noun phrases in Dutch would likewise depend only on phrase frequencies. Participants described line drawings in phrases such as rode schoen [red shoe] (Experiments 1 and 2) or de rode schoen [the red shoe] (Experiment 3). Replicating Janssen and Barber's findings, utterance onset latencies depended on the frequencies of the phrases but, deviating from their findings, also depended on the frequencies of the adjectives in adjective-noun phrases and the frequencies of the nouns in determiner-adjective-noun phrases. We conclude that individual word frequencies and phrase frequencies both affect the time needed to produce noun phrases and discuss how these findings may be captured in models of the mental lexicon and of phrase production. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved).

Authors+Show Affiliations

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.Institute of Psychology, Leiden University.Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29698037

Citation

Shao, Zeshu, et al. "Effects of Phrase and Word Frequencies in Noun Phrase Production." Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition, vol. 45, no. 1, 2019, pp. 147-165.
Shao Z, van Paridon J, Poletiek F, et al. Effects of phrase and word frequencies in noun phrase production. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2019;45(1):147-165.
Shao, Z., van Paridon, J., Poletiek, F., & Meyer, A. S. (2019). Effects of phrase and word frequencies in noun phrase production. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 45(1), pp. 147-165. doi:10.1037/xlm0000570.
Shao Z, et al. Effects of Phrase and Word Frequencies in Noun Phrase Production. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2019;45(1):147-165. PubMed PMID: 29698037.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effects of phrase and word frequencies in noun phrase production. AU - Shao,Zeshu, AU - van Paridon,Jeroen, AU - Poletiek,Fenna, AU - Meyer,Antje S, Y1 - 2018/04/26/ PY - 2018/4/27/pubmed PY - 2019/3/21/medline PY - 2018/4/27/entrez SP - 147 EP - 165 JF - Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition JO - J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn VL - 45 IS - 1 N2 - There is mounting evidence that the ease of producing and understanding language depends not only on the frequencies of individual words but also on the frequencies of word combinations. However, in two picture description experiments, Janssen and Barber (2012) found that French and Spanish speakers' speech onset latencies for short phrases depended exclusively on the frequencies of the phrases but not on the frequencies of the individual words. They suggested that speakers retrieved phrase-sized units from the mental lexicon. In the present study, we examined whether the time required to plan complex noun phrases in Dutch would likewise depend only on phrase frequencies. Participants described line drawings in phrases such as rode schoen [red shoe] (Experiments 1 and 2) or de rode schoen [the red shoe] (Experiment 3). Replicating Janssen and Barber's findings, utterance onset latencies depended on the frequencies of the phrases but, deviating from their findings, also depended on the frequencies of the adjectives in adjective-noun phrases and the frequencies of the nouns in determiner-adjective-noun phrases. We conclude that individual word frequencies and phrase frequencies both affect the time needed to produce noun phrases and discuss how these findings may be captured in models of the mental lexicon and of phrase production. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved). SN - 1939-1285 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29698037/Effects_of_phrase_and_word_frequencies_in_noun_phrase_production_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/xlm/45/1/147 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -