The role of morphological structure in the processing of compounds: The interface between linguistics and psycholinguistics

Eva Kehayia, Gonia Jarema, Kyrana Tsapkini, Danuta Perlak, Angela Ralli, Danuta Kadzielawa

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Abstract

This study presents a cross-linguistic investigation of lexical access and subjects' sensitivity to the internal morphological structure of compounds in two highly inflected languages, Greek and Polish. The following questions were addressed: Are individual constituents activated during on- line word recognition? To what extent does internal morphological structure play a role during lexical access? Is there an interaction between headedness and constituent-priming given that the inflection that the second constituent carries determines the gender, number, and case of the compound? Our results show activation of individual constituents of compounds during priming, a strong word effect, and a positional advantage for first constituents in spite of the presence of second constituent heads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-377
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Language
Volume68
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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