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Probability matching in Arabic and Romance morphology

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Abstract

This study investigates the role of probability matching in the selection of morphological lexical representations by adults. Whereas children rely on application of a <i>morphological default</i> that results in <i>regularization</i>, adults <i>match probabilities</i> with pre-existing lexical distributions. This hypothesis is supported with a series of case studies involving grammatical <i>gender</i> assignment to <i>loanwords</i> from <i>Arabic</i> to Iberian <i>Romance</i> and vice versa, and <i>pluralization</i> in <i>second-language acquisition</i> of Arabic.

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