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A Comparison of Using Three Different Types of Cues, Elaborated Context, Semantic Frames and Meaning Chains, in Disambiguating Polysemous Verbs

1. Hassan Iravani (Ph.D); 2. Masoome Deldar Ghasemi (Corresponding author)
1. Dept. of Linguistics and foreign languages, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran; 2. Dept. of Linguistics and foreign languages, Payame Noor University, Zahedan, Iran
Abstract :
As polysemy is encountered frequently in English as foreign language learning, FL learners’ 
ability to disambiguate polysemous verbs becomes critical to their comprehension in the 
target language. This thesis, accordingly, investigated how Iranian EFL learners achieved 
comprehension of English polysemous verbs by using three different types of cues: (1) 
elaborated context, (2) semantic frames, and (3) meaning chains. Participants were 49 
university students in Zahedan who were randomly assigned to four conditions, the three cue 
conditions and a control no-cue condition. After reading the cues, participants completed a 
translation and a multiple-choice task and rated their confidence in their answers. The Results 
indicated that when only accuracy was taken into account and when accuracy and confidence 
ratings were jointly examined, only the elaborated context cue elicited significantly better 
performance than the control condition as measured in the multiple-choice task. As for the 
translation task, none of the three experimental cues generated significantly better results than 
the no-cue condition. 
Keywords :
Polysemy, Elaborated Context, Semantic Frame Meaning Chain

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 14:05

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 14:05

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/2956/2501

Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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