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Morphological families in the mental lexicon

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De Jong,  Nivja H.
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Other Research, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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De Jong, N. H. (2002). Morphological families in the mental lexicon. PhD Thesis, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen. doi:10.17617/2.57697.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-1745-B
Abstract
Words can occur as constituents of other words. Some words have a high morphological productivity, in that they occur in many complex words, whereas others are morphological islands. Previous studies have found that the size of a word's morphological family can co-determine response latencies in lexical decision tasks. This thesis shows, using lexical decision as well as otherexperimental tasks, that the effect of family size is a semantic effect,reflecting the spreading of activation in the mental lexicon along the lines of morphological and semantic relatedness between words.