Processing of inflected nouns in late bilinguals

M Portin, Minna Lehtonen, Matti Laine

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    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.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)135–156
    Number of pages22
    JournalApplied Psycholinguistics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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