Assoziationsnormen für 68 deutsche Homonyme

Translated title of the contribution: Association norms for 68 German homonymes

Steffen Moritz*

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Norms for 68 German Homophonic homographs were collected in a normal population comprising 100 subjects. Frequency and polaritiy as well as U-scores (index of ambiguity) are presented. 49 of the words revealed a clear dominance for only one meaning. 7 homophonic homographs were balanced, and for 12 words less than 5% of all associations were given for each of the inferior meanings. Studies 2a and 2b are a replication of previous findings on the resolution of semantic ambiguity. Inhibition effects were revealed for discordant triplet conditions which contained a long interstimulus interval between homograph and target, whereas an (insignificant) facilitation effect occured for trials with a shorter interval. Results of study 2 are in line with context-sensitive models which claim that after the initial activation of all meanings of a homograph a context-guided process leads to a suppression of context-irrelevant homograph information.

Translated title of the contributionAssociation norms for 68 German homonymes
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)226-238
Number of pages13
JournalExperimental Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Association norms
  • Context comprehension
  • Homographs
  • Inhibition
  • Semantic ambiguity


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