Processing of inflected nouns in late bilinguals

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Portin M, Lehtonen M, Laine M
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Publication year: 2007
Journal: Applied Psycholinguistics
Journal acronym: APPL PSYCHOLINGUIST
Volume number: 28
Issue number: 1
Start page: 135
End page: 156
Number of pages: 22
ISSN: 0142-7164


Abstract

This study investigated the recognition of Swedish inflected nouns in two participant groups. Both groups were Finnish-speaking late learners of Swedish, but the groups differed in regard to their Swedish language proficiency. In a visual lexical decision task, inflected Swedish nouns from three frequency ranges were contrasted with corresponding monomorphemic nouns. The reaction times and error rates suggested morphological decomposition for low-frequency inflected words. Yet, both medium- and high-frequency inflected words appeared to possess full-form representations. Despite an overall advantage for the more proficient participants, this pattern was present in both groups. The results indicate that even late exposure to a language can yield such input representations for morphologically complex words that are typical of native speakers.

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