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Masked constituent priming of English compounds in native and nonnative speakers

Gonzalez Alonso, J., Baquero Castellanos, S. and Müller, O. (2016) Masked constituent priming of English compounds in native and nonnative speakers. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 31 (8). pp. 1038-1054. ISSN 2327-3801

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2016.1179770

Abstract/Summary

The present research explores the degree of morphological structure of compound words in the native and nonnative lexicons, and provides additional data on the access to these representations. Native and nonnative speakers (L1 Spanish) of English were tested using a lexical decision task with masked priming of the compound’s constituents in isolation, including two orthographic conditions to control for a potential orthographic locus of effects. Both groups displayed reliable priming effects, unmediated by semantics, for the morphological but not the orthographic conditions as compared to an unrelated baseline. Results contribute further evidence of morphological structure in the lexicon of native speakers, and suggest that lexical representation and access in a second language are qualitatively comparable at relatively advanced levels of proficiency.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:62918
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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