The use of a cultural protocol for quantifying cultural variations in verb semantic between Chinese and French

Hin Tat CHEUNG, Yann DESALLE, Karine DUVIGNAU, Bruno GAUME, Chunhan CHANG, Pierre MAGISTRY

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Abstract

In this methodological investigation, we examined the influence of cultural background on viewers' interpretations of visual stimuli and verbs elicited by these materials. French and Mandarin native speakers' interpretations of seventeen short movies, produced by French speakers, depicting various state-changing actions were collected by a 25-item cultural protocol. A slight difference in the familiarity rating of movies is found between French and Mandarin participants. We also found that Mandarin speakers used more general verbs when describing actions depicted by movies with low familiarity rating and children used more conventional forms with movies of higher familiarity. Hierarchical cluster analyses were conducted in selecting movies that were matched in action-interpretations by both language groups. Copyright © 2010 by Hintat Cheung, Yann Desalle, Karine Duvignau, Bruno Gaume, Chunhan Chang, and Pierre Magistry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACLIC 24: Proceedings of the 24th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
EditorsRyo OTOGURO, Kiyoshi ISHIKAWA, Hiroshi UMEMOTO, Kei YOSHIMOTO, Yasunari HARADA
Place of PublicationSendai
PublisherInstitute of Digital Enhancement of Cognitive Processing, Waseda University
Pages791-798
ISBN (Print)9784905166009
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Citation

Cheung, H., Desalle, Y., Duvignau, K., Gaume, B., Chang, C., & Magistry, P. (2010). The use of a cultural protocol for quantifying cultural variations in verb semantic between Chinese and French. In R. Otoguro, K. Ishikawa, H. Umemoto, K. Yoshimoto, & Y. Harada (Eds.), PACLIC 24: Proceedings of the 24th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (pp. 791-798). Sendai: Institute of Digital Enhancement of Cognitive Processing, Waseda University.

Keywords

  • Cultural interpretation
  • Verb specificity
  • Familiarity rating
  • Mandarin
  • French

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