Sustained meaning activation for polysemous but not homonymous words: Evidence from EEG

@article{MacGregor2015SustainedMA,
  title={Sustained meaning activation for polysemous but not homonymous words: Evidence from EEG},
  author={Lucy J. MacGregor and Jennifer A. E. Bouwsema and Ekaterini Klepousniotou},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2015},
  volume={68},
  pages={126-138}
}
Theoretical linguistic accounts of lexical ambiguity distinguish between homonymy, where words that share a lexical form have unrelated meanings, and polysemy, where the meanings are related. The present study explored the psychological reality of this theoretical assumption by asking whether there is evidence that homonyms and polysemes are represented and processed differently in the brain. We investigated the time-course of meaning activation of different types of ambiguous words using EEG… CONTINUE READING
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