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ERIC Number: EJ899233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Processing of Inflected Nouns in Late Bilinguals
Portin, Marja; Lehtonen, Minna; Laine, Matti
Applied Psycholinguistics, v28 n1 p135-156 Jan 2007
This study investigated the recognition of Swedish inflected nouns in two participant groups. Both groups were Finnish-speaking late learners of Swedish, but the groups differed in regard to their Swedish language proficiency. In a visual lexical decision task, inflected Swedish nouns from three frequency ranges were contrasted with corresponding monomorphemic nouns. The reaction times and error rates suggested morphological decomposition for low-frequency inflected words. Yet, both medium- and high-frequency inflected words appeared to possess full-form representations. Despite an overall advantage for the more proficient participants, this pattern was present in both groups. The results indicate that even late exposure to a language can yield such input representations for morphologically complex words that are typical of native speakers.
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Language: English
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