Effects of Long‑Term Language Use Experience in Sentence Processing: Evidence from Korean

Hyunwoo Kim, Gyu-Ho Shin

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Attraction effects arise when a comprehender erroneously retrieves a distractor instead of a target item during memory retrieval operations. In Korean, considerable processing difficulties occur in the agreement relation checking between a subject and an honorific-marked predicate when an intervening distractor carries a non-honorific feature. We investigate how attraction effects are managed during the processing of Korean subject-predicate honorific agreement by two Korean-speaking groups with different language use experience backgrounds: college students and airline workers. Results showed that both groups demonstrated stable knowledge of the honorific agreement in the acceptability judgment task. In the self-paced reading task, the airline group, who used honorifics extensively in their workplace, was less affected by the attraction effect than the student group. Our findings suggest that long-term language use experience can modulate how language users manage potential influence from attraction effects in real-time sentence processing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-541
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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