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Are alternative meanings of an Arabic homograph activated even when it is disambiguated by vowel diacritics?

Maroun, Maryse and Hanley, J Richard (2020) 'Are alternative meanings of an Arabic homograph activated even when it is disambiguated by vowel diacritics?' Writing Systems Research. ISSN 1758-6801

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Abstract

The diacritical markers that represent most of the vowels in the Arabic orthography are typically omitted from written texts, thereby making many Arabic words phonologically and semantically ambiguous. Such words are known as heterophonic homographs and are associated with different pronunciations and meanings. The three experiments reported in this paper were conducted to investigate how Arabic readers understand diacritized heterophonic homographs. The results suggested that even when diacritics were added to disambiguate a heterophonic homograph, it was still initially processed as if it was ambiguous and its alternative meaning(s) were activated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabic reading; vowelization; semantic categorization
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 14:16
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28419

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