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The interpretation of ambiguous trimorphemic words in sentence context

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Many trimorphemic words are structurally and semantically ambiguous. For example, unlockable can either be un-lockable (can’t be locked) or unlock-able (can be unlocked). Which interpretation is preferred and whether prior sentence context affects the initial interpretation is not clear from prior research. The present experiment embedded ambiguous trimorphemic words in sentence context and manipulated whether prior context disambiguated the meaning or not and examined the pattern of fixation durations on the ambiguous word and the remainder of the text. The results indicated that the unlock-able interpretation was preferred; moreover, prior context did not exert a significant effect until the eyes had initially exited from the target word.
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FIXATION TIMES, FREQUENCY, LEXICAL AMBIGUITY, FINNISH COMPOUND WORDS

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Pollatsek, Alexander et al. “The Interpretation of Ambiguous Trimorphemic Words in Sentence Context.” PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW 17.1 (2010): 88–94. Print.
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Pollatsek, A., Drieghe, D., Stockall, L., & de Almeida, R. (2010). The interpretation of ambiguous trimorphemic words in sentence context. PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW, 17(1), 88–94.
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Pollatsek, Alexander, Denis Drieghe, Linnaea Stockall, and Roberto de Almeida. 2010. “The Interpretation of Ambiguous Trimorphemic Words in Sentence Context.” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 17 (1): 88–94.
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Pollatsek, Alexander, Denis Drieghe, Linnaea Stockall, and Roberto de Almeida. 2010. “The Interpretation of Ambiguous Trimorphemic Words in Sentence Context.” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 17 (1): 88–94.
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Pollatsek A, Drieghe D, Stockall L, de Almeida R. The interpretation of ambiguous trimorphemic words in sentence context. PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW. 2010;17(1):88–94.
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A. Pollatsek, D. Drieghe, L. Stockall, and R. de Almeida, “The interpretation of ambiguous trimorphemic words in sentence context,” PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 88–94, 2010.
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  abstract     = {Many trimorphemic words are structurally and semantically ambiguous. For example, unlockable can either be un-lockable (can’t be locked) or unlock-able (can be unlocked). Which interpretation is preferred and whether prior sentence context affects the initial interpretation is not clear from prior research. The present experiment embedded ambiguous trimorphemic words in sentence context and manipulated whether prior context disambiguated the meaning or not and examined the pattern of fixation durations on the ambiguous word and the remainder of the text. The results indicated that the unlock-able interpretation was preferred; moreover, prior context did not exert a significant effect until the eyes had initially exited from the target word.},
  author       = {Pollatsek, Alexander and Drieghe, Denis and Stockall, Linnaea and de Almeida, Roberto},
  issn         = {1069-9384},
  journal      = {PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW},
  keywords     = {FIXATION TIMES,FREQUENCY,LEXICAL AMBIGUITY,FINNISH COMPOUND WORDS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {88--94},
  title        = {The interpretation of ambiguous trimorphemic words in sentence context},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/PBR.17.1.88},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2010},
}

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