Previous research strongly suggest that morphologically-complex words are recognized in terms of their constituent morphemes. A question thus arises as to how the recognition system codes for morpheme position within words, given that it needs to distinguish morphological anagrams like overhang and hangover. The present study focused specifically on whether the recognition of suffixes occurs in a position‑specific fashion. Experiments 1 and 2 revealed that morphologically-complex nonwords (gasful) are rejected more slowly than orthographic controls (gasfil), but that the same interference effect is not present when the morphemic constituents are reversed (fulgas versus filgas). Experiment 3 went further in demonstrating that reversing the morphemes within words (e.g., nesskind) does not yield morpheme interference effects against orthographic controls (e.g., nusskind). These results strongly suggest that suffix identification is position-specific, which poses important constraints on the further development of models of morphological processing

Crepaldi, D., Rastle, K., Davis, C. (2010). Morphemes in their place: Evidence for position specific identification of suffixes. MEMORY & COGNITION, 38(3), 312-321 [10.3758/MC.38.3.312].

Morphemes in their place: Evidence for position specific identification of suffixes

CREPALDI, DAVIDE;
2010

Abstract

Previous research strongly suggest that morphologically-complex words are recognized in terms of their constituent morphemes. A question thus arises as to how the recognition system codes for morpheme position within words, given that it needs to distinguish morphological anagrams like overhang and hangover. The present study focused specifically on whether the recognition of suffixes occurs in a position‑specific fashion. Experiments 1 and 2 revealed that morphologically-complex nonwords (gasful) are rejected more slowly than orthographic controls (gasfil), but that the same interference effect is not present when the morphemic constituents are reversed (fulgas versus filgas). Experiment 3 went further in demonstrating that reversing the morphemes within words (e.g., nesskind) does not yield morpheme interference effects against orthographic controls (e.g., nusskind). These results strongly suggest that suffix identification is position-specific, which poses important constraints on the further development of models of morphological processing
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Visual word recognition, pre‑lexical morphology, lexical decision, morpheme interference effect, orthographic processing
English
apr-2010
2010
38
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312
321
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Crepaldi, D., Rastle, K., Davis, C. (2010). Morphemes in their place: Evidence for position specific identification of suffixes. MEMORY & COGNITION, 38(3), 312-321 [10.3758/MC.38.3.312].
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