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ERIC Number: EJ1095226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1088-8438
Embedded Stem Priming Effects in Prefixed and Suffixed Pseudowords
Beyersmann, Elisabeth; Cavalli, Eddy; Casalis, Séverine; Colé, Pascale
Scientific Studies of Reading, v20 n3 p220-230 2016
Previous research has repeatedly revealed evidence for morpho-orthographic priming effects in suffixed words. However, evidence for the morphological chunking of prefixed words is sparse and ambiguous. The goal of the present study was to directly contrast the processing of prefixed and suffixed pseudowords within the same experiment. We carried out a masked primed lexical decision experiment, in which the same target ("AMOUR" [LOVE]) was preceded by a prefixed ("préamour" [prelove]), a nonprefixed ("brosamour" [broslove]), a suffixed ("amouresse" [lovedom]), and a nonsuffixed ("amourugne" [lovedel]) prime. The results revealed significant priming across all four conditions. Moreover, priming was modulated by individual differences in reading proficiency. High-proficiency readers showed evidence for embedded stem priming effects, independent of whether stems occurred in combination with a real affix or a nonaffix. This finding is of relevance to recent morphological processing theories, suggesting that embedded stems represent salient activation units during the reading of complex pseudowords.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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