A1 Journal article – refereed
Affixal Homonymy triggers full-form storage, even with inflected words, even in a morphologically rich language

List of Authors: Bertram R, Laine M, Baayen RH, Schreuder R, Hyona J
Publication year: 2000
Journal: Cognition
Journal name in source: COGNITION
Journal acronym: COGNITION
Volume number: 74
Issue number: 2
ISSN: 0010-0277

This paper investigates whether affixal homonymy, the phenomenon that one affix form serves two or more semantic/syntactic functions, affects lexical processing of inflected words in a similar way for a morphologically rich language such as Finnish as for morphologically restricted languages such as Dutch and English. For the latter two languages, there is evidence that affixal homonymy triggers full-form storage for inflected words (Bertram, R., Schreuder, R., and Baayen, R. H. (in press). The balance of storage and computation in morphological processing: the role of word formation type, affixal homonymy, and productivity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Serene and Jongman (1997). Processing of English inflectional morphology. Memory and Cognition, 25, 425-437). Two visual lexical decision experiments show the same pattern for Finnish. Apparently, the substantially richer morphology in Finnish does not prevent full-form storage for inflected words when the affix is homonymic. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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