Word Frequency Effect in Lexical Decision Task: Evidence from Khalkha Mongolian

Mikhail S. Vlasov, Tumee Odonchimeg, Vasha Sainbaiar, Tat'iana I. Gromoglasova
2019 Journal of Siberian Federal University  
In experimental psycholinguistics, one clue into the architecture of lexical memory comes from the presence of robust frequency effects in lexical decision task (LDT), in which subjects judge whether a written stimulus is a real word or a nonword, and processing complexity is measured by reaction time (RT). For example, in LDT the visual word recognition process is facilitated (or inhibited) by word frequency as measured from the representative corpus. Our study verifies the word frequency
more » ... t in standard ("yes/no task") LDT performed by Khalkha Mongolian subjects. The results showed strong weight of word frequency as RTs predictor (R2 = .631, F (1, 28) = 50.57, p < .000, β = .802, t = 7.111, p < .000). Our experimental results also correspond to experimental findings on word frequency effects for Japanese Katakana (syllabic) and Kanji (logographic) words in standard LDT. Such lexical decision "script moderation" could be the actual clue for further LDT experiments (e. g., relatively "deep" Mongolian script vs. "shallow" Cyrillic Mongolian)
doi:10.17516/1997-1370-0498 fatcat:gndrxvc6djb2zllo3ciagmh6ku