Effect of orthographic, phonological and semantic information on the processes of Korean heteronym

동철이음어 처리 과정에서 형태와 의미 정보의 영향

  • Received : 2015.04.14
  • Accepted : 2015.06.11
  • Published : 2015.06.30


The present study discusses some of important issues in the word recognition such as the roles of the form(orthographic & phonologic) and semantic information by investigating the processes of Korean heteronym. The priming paradigm has been applied to see whether or not there would be facilitatory effect from form and/or semantic information. In experiment 1, orthographically-related or phonologically-related prime stimuli were presented and a lexical decision task for Korean heteronym was conducted. The same procedure was applied for the experiment 2, except the prime stimulus which was semantically-related. The results showed that orthographic and phonologic information did not influence the processing of the heteronym while semantic information facilitated its processing, suggesting that the semantic information plays an important role in the processes of the Korean heteronym.


Heteronym;Orthography;Phonology;Semantic;Word recognition


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