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Morphologically complex words in L1 and L2 processing: Evidence from masked priming experiments in English

Silva, Renita and Clahsen, Harald (2008) 'Morphologically complex words in L1 and L2 processing: Evidence from masked priming experiments in English.' Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 11 (02). ISSN 1366-7289

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Abstract

This paper reports results from masked priming experiments investigating regular past-tense forms and deadjectival nominalizations with -ness and -ity in adult native (L1) speakers of English and in different groups of advanced adult second language (L2) learners of English. While the L1 group showed efficient priming for both inflected and derived word forms, the L2 learners demonstrated repetition-priming effects (like the L1 group), but no priming for inflected and reduced priming for derived word forms. We argue that this striking contrast between L1 and L2 processing supports the view that adult L2 learners rely more on lexical storage and less on combinatorial processing of morphologically complex words than native speakers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 10:09
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2011 10:32
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/271

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