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Comprehension strategies and lexical priming.
Norris, D.G.
Language and Speech, 27, (4), 355-366.
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Bever (1970) has proposed a number of strategies which can be applied during comprehension. According to one of these strategies, noun-verb-noun sequences are assumed to correspond to “actor-action-object”. Using a sentence classificatin task, Experiment 1 provides evidence that such a strategy is indeed employed by adults. The results of Experiment 1, in conjuction with the data from a lexical decision task using the same materials (Experiment 2), also provide evidence that even weak semantic relations can produce substantial lexical priming effects during comprehension.