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Vlasta Erdeljac, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

Martina Sekulić Sović, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.085.02

 

ABSTRACT

 

The present study reviews the role of imageability in the lexical–semantic processing of 
the hypernym/ hyponym relation. Two research questions are discussed. The first question 
examines if an average level of hyponym imageability is higher than an average level of 
hypernym imageability. The second question explores if word pairs connected by a semantic 
relation between hyponym and hypernym differ in mental processing speed depending on the 
level of word imageability of words that make a pair. These two research questions lead to an 
additional question: Is the speed of lexical–semantic processing of word pairs in which both 
words are highly imageable higher than in word pairs of mixed or low word imageability level? 
The obtained results are interpreted in line with the dual coding theory and the theory of 
lexical access, along with the parallel activation model in the componential analysis of meaning.

 

KEYWORDS

imageability, lexical–semantic processing, hypernymy, hyponymy, psycholinguistics

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