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: 1999
Journal: Studies in languages
Journal name in source: LANGUAGE, MINDS, AND BRAINS
Journal acronym: STUD LANG-FINLAND
Issue number: 34
Number of pages: 9
ISSN: 1456-5528

This paper investigates whether Affixal Homonymy, the phenomenon that one affix form serves two or more semantic and/or 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 and processing strategies for inflected words (Bertram, Schreuder & Baayen, in press; Sereno and Jongman, 1997). Two experiments employing both a visual lexical decision task and subjective frequency rating task show the same pattern for Finnish. Apparently, the overall much more productive inflectional morphology in Finnish does not prevent full-form storage for inflected words when the affix is homonymic.

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