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July 2021

Auditory processing of polymorphemic pseudowords

Journal/Book: J Mem Lang. 2000; 42: 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA. Academic Press Inc. 255-271.

Abstract: This study compared models of auditory word recognition as they relate to the processing of polymorphemic pseudowords. Semantic transparency ratings were obtained in a preliminary rating study. The effects of morphological structure, semantic transparency, prefix likelihood, and morphemic frequency measures were examined in a lexical decision experiment. Reaction times and errors were greater for pseudowords carrying a genuine prefix, and this effect was largest for pseudowords that also carried a genuine root. While results were grossly similar for bound and free root types, there were also some important differences. Regression analyses provided additional support for decompositional models: semantic transparency, prefix likelihood, prefix frequency, and root frequency all affected pseudoword rejection times. The results are most compatible with a modification of Taft's (1994) interactive-activation model or a dual-route model.

Note: Article Wurm LH, Wayne State Univ, Dept Psychol, 71 W Warren Ave, Detroit,MI 48202 USA

Keyword(s): lexical decision; morphology-language; semantic transparency; speech perception; word recognition; SPOKEN-WORD-RECOGNITION; CONTINUOUS SPEECH RECOGNITION; LEXICAL ACCESS; PREFIXED WORDS; MENTAL LEXICON; MORPHOLOGY; COMPETITION; REPRESENTATION; SEGMENTATION; ACTIVATION


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