The processing advantage and disadvantage for homophones in lexical decision tasks

Yasushi Hino, Yuu Kusunose, Stephen J. Lupker, Debra Jared

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Studies using the lexical decision task with English stimuli have demonstrated that homophones are responded to more slowly than nonhomophonic controls. In contrast, several studies using Chinese stimuli have shown that homophones are responded to more rapidly than nonhomophonic controls. In an attempt to better understand the impact of homophony, we investigated homophone effects for Japanese kanji words in a lexical decision task. The results indicated that, whereas a processing disadvantage emerged for homophones when they have only a single homophonic mate (as in the English experiments), a processing advantage occurred for homophones when they have multiple homophonic mates (as in the Chinese experiments). On the basis of these results, we discuss the nature of the processes that may be responsible for producing the processing advantages and disadvantages for homophones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-551
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Fingerprint

stimulus
experiment
Lexical Decision Task
Homophones
Experiment
Stimulus
Mate

Keywords

  • Homophone advantage
  • Homophone disadvantage
  • Lexical decision task
  • The number of homophonic mates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Medicine(all)

Cite this

The processing advantage and disadvantage for homophones in lexical decision tasks. / Hino, Yasushi; Kusunose, Yuu; Lupker, Stephen J.; Jared, Debra.

In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2013, p. 529-551.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{dcd51c8f8ce8405e83c0ad53e32cf9c2,
title = "The processing advantage and disadvantage for homophones in lexical decision tasks",
abstract = "Studies using the lexical decision task with English stimuli have demonstrated that homophones are responded to more slowly than nonhomophonic controls. In contrast, several studies using Chinese stimuli have shown that homophones are responded to more rapidly than nonhomophonic controls. In an attempt to better understand the impact of homophony, we investigated homophone effects for Japanese kanji words in a lexical decision task. The results indicated that, whereas a processing disadvantage emerged for homophones when they have only a single homophonic mate (as in the English experiments), a processing advantage occurred for homophones when they have multiple homophonic mates (as in the Chinese experiments). On the basis of these results, we discuss the nature of the processes that may be responsible for producing the processing advantages and disadvantages for homophones.",
keywords = "Homophone advantage, Homophone disadvantage, Lexical decision task, The number of homophonic mates",
author = "Yasushi Hino and Yuu Kusunose and Lupker, {Stephen J.} and Debra Jared",
year = "2013",
doi = "10.1037/a0029122",
language = "English",
volume = "39",
pages = "529--551",
journal = "Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition",
issn = "0278-7393",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The processing advantage and disadvantage for homophones in lexical decision tasks

AU - Hino, Yasushi

AU - Kusunose, Yuu

AU - Lupker, Stephen J.

AU - Jared, Debra

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - Studies using the lexical decision task with English stimuli have demonstrated that homophones are responded to more slowly than nonhomophonic controls. In contrast, several studies using Chinese stimuli have shown that homophones are responded to more rapidly than nonhomophonic controls. In an attempt to better understand the impact of homophony, we investigated homophone effects for Japanese kanji words in a lexical decision task. The results indicated that, whereas a processing disadvantage emerged for homophones when they have only a single homophonic mate (as in the English experiments), a processing advantage occurred for homophones when they have multiple homophonic mates (as in the Chinese experiments). On the basis of these results, we discuss the nature of the processes that may be responsible for producing the processing advantages and disadvantages for homophones.

AB - Studies using the lexical decision task with English stimuli have demonstrated that homophones are responded to more slowly than nonhomophonic controls. In contrast, several studies using Chinese stimuli have shown that homophones are responded to more rapidly than nonhomophonic controls. In an attempt to better understand the impact of homophony, we investigated homophone effects for Japanese kanji words in a lexical decision task. The results indicated that, whereas a processing disadvantage emerged for homophones when they have only a single homophonic mate (as in the English experiments), a processing advantage occurred for homophones when they have multiple homophonic mates (as in the Chinese experiments). On the basis of these results, we discuss the nature of the processes that may be responsible for producing the processing advantages and disadvantages for homophones.

KW - Homophone advantage

KW - Homophone disadvantage

KW - Lexical decision task

KW - The number of homophonic mates

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84882958939&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84882958939&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1037/a0029122

DO - 10.1037/a0029122

M3 - Article

VL - 39

SP - 529

EP - 551

JO - Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition

JF - Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition

SN - 0278-7393

IS - 2

ER -