Formulaic Expressions Project
Time: Friday, March 01, 2013, 01:30pm - 03:00pm
Place: Psychology 128 (conference room)
|C. Sophia Rammell|
Previous studies have suggested that formulaic expressions are stored as single, unanalyzed units, instead of as individual elements like literal sentences (e.g., VanLancker, Canter, Terbeek, 1981). To test this theory, we presented 140 sentences in random order to naïve listeners. Half of the sentences are idioms, and the other half are novel sentences matched for length and phonetic inventory. The first part of the experiment was a transcription task. All sentences in the first part were degraded using 8-channel Cochlear Implant simulated speech. In the second part of the experiment, subjects heard all 140 sentences, again in random order, in the clear. This time, subjects responded with how often they said the sentence on a 3-point scale. Pilot data from 22 undergraduates were analyzed. Pilot data suggest that subjects correctly identify formulaic expressions more often than novel expressions under degradation. Also, subjects identify expressions they report to use more often with higher accuracy than those they report to use less often. Future studies, including new ways of measuring familiarity and using the task with non-native speakers of English, will be discussed.
|In category: Morphosyntax and semantics|
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