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Further Exploration of the Conceptual Structure of Chinese Kinship Words

Zhang Jijia;Chen Jun, Department of Psychology,South China Normal University,Guangzhou Guangdong 510631  
Using the methods of natural classifying and matched-words semantic decision, the pa- per further probed into the conceptual structure of Chinese kinship words. The results of Experiment 1 showed that there were two dimensions in the semantic space of conceptual structure of Chinese kin- ship words. 1)the intimate level of relatives; 2)relation by marriage/relation not by marriage. The re- sults of Experiment 2 showed that seniority in the family or clan and sexes of relatives had partial effects on the semantic organization of Chinese kinship words. When the word pairs were composed of the kinship words which had the same sex but different seniority in the family or clan, the reaction time was longer and the error rate was higher than other group word pairs. The whole study indicated that the organization of kinship words were affected both the by feature of kinship words and the knowledge, experience and culture.
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