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Imageability, age of acquisition, and frequency factors in acronym comprehension

D Playfoot, C Izura, Cristina Izura Orcid Logo, David Playfoot Orcid Logo

The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Volume: 66, Issue: 6, Pages: 1131 - 1145

Swansea University Authors: Cristina Izura Orcid Logo, David Playfoot Orcid Logo

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In spite of their unusual orthographic and phonological form, acronyms (e.g., BBC, HIV, NATO) canbecome familiar to the reader, and their meaning can be accessed well enough that they are understood.The factors in semantic access for acronym stimuli were assessed using a word association task. Twoan...

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ISSN: 1747-0218 1747-0226
Published: 2013
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description In spite of their unusual orthographic and phonological form, acronyms (e.g., BBC, HIV, NATO) canbecome familiar to the reader, and their meaning can be accessed well enough that they are understood.The factors in semantic access for acronym stimuli were assessed using a word association task. Twoanalyses examined the time taken to generate a word association response to acronym cues.Responses were recorded more quickly to cues that elicited a large proportion of semantic responses,and those that were high in associative strength. Participants were shown to be faster to respond tocues which were imageable or early acquired. Frequency was not a significant predictor of word associationresponses. Implications for theories of lexical organisation are discussed.
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