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Frequency effects in auditory word recognition: The case of suffixed words

Author(s): Segui, J.

Journal/Book: J Mem Lang. 1999; 41: 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA. Academic Press Inc. 327-344.

Abstract: This research studied the role of surface and cumulative word frequency in the processing and representation of morphologically complex suffixed words. Experiment 1 showed that auditory lexical decision times to suffixed words were influenced by their surface frequency. Experiments 2 and 3 showed a cumulative root frequency effect for high- and low-surface-frequency suffixed words. Experiment 4 demonstrated that lexical decision times for these words varied as a function of their position in their morphological family. These results support a view whereby suffixed words belonging to a given morphological family share the same lexical entry. Within a lexical entry, suffixed words belonging to the same family are organized on the basis of their surface frequency and compete with one another,

Note: Article Meunier F, MRC, Cognit & Brain Sci Unit, 15 Chaucer Rd, Cambridge CB2 2EF, ENGLAND

Keyword(s): LEXICAL ACCESS; PREFIXED WORDS; REPRESENTATION; PERCEPTION; COMMON; COHORT; MODEL; RARE


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