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Abstract

Abstract

In a visual lexical decision task, recognition is shown in two experiments to be harder for possessional adjectives that look like they are inflected verbs (e.g., ) than for genuine inflected verbs (e.g., ), especially when the nonword distractors have real-word stems (e.g., ). Such a result implies that inflected words do not have a form-based whole word representation, but are recognized when functional information associated with their stem and affix is recombined after decomposition. A third experiment goes on to demonstrate that the addition of the verb suffix - to the noun stem of such pseudo-verb-stem words (i.e., ) leads to more erroneous classifications as a real word than when the stem is another type of noun (e.g., ). Moreover, a negative correlation is observed between the accuracy of recognition of the pseudo-verb-stem words and the classification as a nonword of the - version of their stems. On the basis of these experiments, a model is proposed in which a pseudo-verb-stem word is recognized through a lexical representation of its stem that corresponds to a bound ornative verb and which is different to the representation used to recognize its free-standing noun version.

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