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ERIC Number: EJ825147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Exploiting Degrees of Inflectional Ambiguity: Stem Form and the Time Course of Morphological Processing
Jarvikivi, Juhani; Pyykkonen, Pirita; Niemi, Jussi
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v35 n1 p221-237 Jan 2009
The authors compared sublexical and supralexical approaches to morphological processing with unambiguous and ambiguous inflected words and words with ambiguous stems in 3 masked and unmasked priming experiments in Finnish. Experiment 1 showed equal facilitation for all prime types with a short 60-ms stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) but significant facilitation for unambiguous words only with a long 300-ms SOA. Experiment 2 showed that all potential readings of ambiguous inflections were activated under a short SOA. Whereas the prime-target form overlap did not affect the results under a short SOA, it significantly modulated the results with a long SOA. Experiment 3 confirmed that the results from masked priming were modulated by the morphological structure of the words but not by the prime-target form overlap alone. The results support approaches in which early prelexical morphological processing is driven by morph-based segmentation and form is used to cue selection between 2 candidates only during later processing.
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Language: English
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