Name dominance in spoken word recognition is (not) modulated by
expectations: Evidence from synonyms
Weber, A., & Melinger, A.
Name dominance in spoken word recognition is (not) modulated by expectations: Evidence from synonyms. In A. Botinis (Ed.
), Proceedings of ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop On Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)
(pp. 225-228). Athens: University of Athens.
Two German eye-tracking experiments tested whether top-down expectations interact with acoustically-driven word-recognition processes. Competitor objects with two synonymous names were paired with target objects whose names shared word onsets with either the dominant or the non-dominant name of the competitor. Non-dominant names of competitor objects were either introduced before the test session or not. Eye-movements were monitored while participants heard instructions to click on target objects. Results demonstrate dominant and non-dominant competitor names were considered for recognition, regardless of top-down expectations, though dominant names were always activated more strongly.
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