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ERIC Number: EJ920811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 15
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
Fast Morphological Effects in First and Second Language Word Recognition
Diependaele, Kevin; Dunabeitia, Jon Andoni; Morris, Joanna; Keuleers, Emmanuel
Journal of Memory and Language, v64 n4 p344-358 May 2011
In three experiments we compared the performance of native English speakers to that of Spanish-English and Dutch-English bilinguals on a masked morphological priming lexical decision task. The results do not show significant differences across the three experiments. In line with recent meta-analyses, we observed a graded pattern of facilitation across stem priming with transparent suffixed primes (e.g., "viewer-view"), opaque suffixed or pseudo-suffixed primes (e.g., "corner-corn") and form control primes (e.g., "freeze-free"). Priming was largest in the transparent condition, smallest in the form condition and intermediate in the opaque condition. Our data confirm the hypothesis that bilinguals largely adopt the same processing strategies as native speakers (e.g., Lemhofer et al., 2008), and constrain the hypothesis that bilinguals rely more heavily on whole-word processing in their second language (Clahsen, Felser, Neubauer, Sato, & Silva, 2010; Ullman, 2004, 2005). The observed pattern of morphological priming is in line with earlier monolingual studies, further highlighting the reality of semantic transparency effects in the initial stages of word recognition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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