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Putting underspecification in context: ERP evidence for sparse representations in morphophonological alternations

Lawyer, Laurel A and Corina, David P (2018) 'Putting underspecification in context: ERP evidence for sparse representations in morphophonological alternations.' Language Cognition and Neuroscience, 33 (1). 50 - 64. ISSN 2327-3798

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Abstract

Numerous studies have shown evidence for a sparse lexicon in speech perception, often in the guise of underspecification, where certain information is omitted in the specification of phonological forms. While previous work has made a good case for underspecifying certain features of single speech sounds, the role of phonological context in underspecification has been overlooked. Contextually-mediated underspecification is particularly relevant to conceptualizations of the lexicon, as it is couched in item-specific (as opposed to phoneme-specific) patterning. In this study, we present behavioural and ERP evidence that surrounding phonological context may trigger underspecified lexical forms, using regular morphophonological alternations in English.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Underspecification, prefix processing, LAN, phonological alternation, phonological context
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 11:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20320

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