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The use of word association test in the study of lexical meaning


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Vidović, Nikolina. (2017). The use of word association test in the study of lexical meaning. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Croatian Language and Literature. [mentor Pišković, Tatjana].

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The word association test is one of the pscyholinguistic methods used to study the mental lexicon, a notion which refers to the storage of words in the speaker's mind. The aim of this research is to study verbal associations of Croatian language speakers and determine lexical relations between the stimulus word and the reaction word. By determining relations between the words, we gain insight into the structure of the mental lexicon and we discover its underlying principles. The word association test consists of 20 stimulus words to which the subjects have to respond with the first word that comes into their minds. The time is limited. The sample for this research includes 100 subjects from different parts of Croatia between the ages of 18 and 25. The research showed that the vast majority of associations are common, while individual associations occur less often. The most common determined type of relation between the stimulus word and the reaction word is a paradigmatic one. The aim of the research is also to draw attention to the lack of similar studies in Croatia and point out the advantages of having an associative dictionary of the Croatian language.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: word association test, mental lexicon, syntagmatic relations, paradigmatic relations
Subjects: Slavic languages and literatures > Croatian language and literature
Departments: Department of Croatian Language and Literature
Supervisor: Pišković, Tatjana
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 07:55
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 07:55

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