Syntactic Priming

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SYNTACTIC PRIMING Introduction Syntactic priming is a phenomenon where the exposure of a sentence with a particular syntactic structure can influence an individual presented the sentence with similar structure subsequently. (Pickering, M.J. & Branigan, H.P, 1995). The three components to be identified for syntactic priming are: (1) lexical priming, (2) categorization and (3) syntax. Firstly, lexical priming is dealing with the time in processing a word like manager - is believed to be lesser if the participant has been exposed to a related word like secretary; while the concept of categorization is about how the cognitive system recognizes a relationship between two stimuli, namely, an individual must be familiar with the…show more content…
The results demonstrated that young children have the tendency to engage in abstract structural representations in the course of online sentence comprehension (Thothathiri & Snedeker, 2006). Another study was carried out in the eastern settings, where Lu, Bates, Hung, Tzeng, Hsu, Tsai and Roe (2001) aim to examine syntactic priming of nouns and verbs in Chinese, specifically word recognition and production. The results showed that there were significant priming in the tasks, and the reaction times were also affected by sublexical variables, such as syllable density and semantic transparency. Discussion Syntactic priming happens when a person communicates in a similar manner with the previous conversation he or she involved in. Syntactic priming can be applied positively and negatively in many settings such as at workplace with colleagues, and in daily life with friends and family. Syntactic priming effects can be seen in childhood education. During the learning process of a child, the parents tend to use more active voices in their conversations with the child for instance, “Do not talk to strangers”. After some time the child will engage a conversation with another friend saying, “My dad says do not talk to strangers”. It is known that children usually mimic
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