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ERIC Number: EJ1128567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Transposed-Letter Priming across Inflectional Morpheme Boundaries
Zargar, Ehsan Shafiee; Witzel, Naoko
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v46 n1 p125-140 Feb 2017
This study reports findings from two experiments testing whether a transposed-letter (TL) priming effect can be obtained when the transposition occurs across morphological boundaries. Previous studies have primarily tested derivationally complex words or compound words, but have not examined a more rule-based and productive morphological structure, i.e., inflectionally complex words, using masked priming. Experiment 1 tested TL priming with nonword primes and inflected targets ("FOCUSING"). Nonword primes were formed by transposing letters either within the root morpheme ("fcousing") or across two morphemes ("focuisng"). Experiment 2 used the same nonword primes, but had the root words as targets ("FOCUS"). Both experiments showed similar TL priming effects for within-morpheme and across-boundary positions, indicating that morphological decomposition takes place only after letter positions in a word have been assigned. This finding provides additional evidence to previous research testing derived and compound words showing TL priming regardless of the position of transposition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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