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ERIC Number: EJ851483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Recognition of Inflected Words in a Morphologically Limited Language: Frequency Effects in Monolinguals and Bilinguals
Lehtonen, Minna; Niska, Helge; Wande, Erling; Niemi, Jussi; Laine, Matti
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v35 n2 p121-146 Mar 2006
The effect of word frequency on the processing of monomorphemic vs. inflected words was investigated in a morphologically relatively limited language, Swedish, with two participant groups: early Finnish-Swedish bilinguals and Swedish monolinguals. The visual lexical decision results of the monolinguals suggest morphological decomposition with low-frequency inflected nouns, while with medium- and high-frequency inflections, full-form processing was apparently employed. The bilinguals demonstrated a similar pattern. The results suggest that morpheme-based recognition is employed even in a morphologically limited language when the inflectional forms occur rarely. With more frequent inflectional forms, full-form representations have developed for both mono- and bilingual speakers. In a comparable study employing a morphologically rich language, Finnish, Lehtonen and Laine (2003, "Bilingualism: Language and Cognition," 6, 213-225) observed full-form access only at the high-frequency range and only for monolinguals. These differences suggest that besides word frequency and language background, the morphological richness of a language affects the processing mode employed with polymorphemic words.
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Language: English
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