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Master of Science




Minda, J Paul


The dual route model predicts that idiomatic phrases show a processing advantage over matched novel phrases. This model postulates that familiar phrases are processed by a faster direct route, and novel phrases are processed by an indirect route. This thesis investigated the role of familiar form and concept in direct route activation. Study 1 provided norming evidence for experimental stimuli selection. Study 2 examined whether direct route can be activated for translated Chinese idioms in Chinese-English bilinguals. Bilinguals listened to the idiom up until the last word (e.g., draw a snake and add), then saw either the idiom ending (e.g., feet) or the matched control ending (e.g., hair); to which they made lexical decision and reaction times were recorded. Results showed evidence for dual route model and provided preliminary support for both familiar concept and lexical association as drivers of direct route activation.