Stem and whole-word frequency effects in the processing of inflected verbs in and out of a sentence context

Steven G. Luke, Kiel Christianson

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Abstract

The relationship between stem and whole-word frequency was investigated by simultaneously manipulating both frequency measures in a set of inflected verbs. In Experiment 1, these verbs were presented in isolation as part of a lexical decision task, and an effect of stem frequency only was observed. In Experiment 2, the same verbs were presented in sentences in a self-paced reading task, and an interaction between stem and whole-word frequency was observed. These findings contradict "either-or" models of morphological processing that assume two separate and independent processing routes for morphologically complex words, and also provide further evidence that the relationship between stem and whole-word frequency effects is context-sensitive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1173-1192
Number of pages20
JournalLanguage and Cognitive Processes
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • Context
  • Frequency
  • Inflection
  • Morphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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