Working memory and lexical ambiguity resolution in Cantonese Chinese

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Abstract

The present study examined how working memory functions in the underlying mechanism of the lexical disambiguation process (in activation approach or in inhibition approach). We recruited sixty native Cantonese listeners to participate in two experimental tasks: (a) a Cantonese-version reading span task to measure their working memory (WM) capacity and (b) a standard cross-modal priming task to measure the lexical disambiguation time. The results revealed that (1) the underlying mechanism of the disambiguation process seemed favorable for an inhibition approach and (2) the frequency of the individual meanings of the ambiguous words and the numbers of their meanings might interact with the WM capacity during lexical access, particularly for the low-WM span group. Copyright © 2021 Michael C. W. Yip.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0248170
JournalPLoS One
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date10 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Yip, M. C. W. (2021). Working memory and lexical ambiguity resolution in Cantonese Chinese. PLoS One, 16(3). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248170

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