Processing compounds: A cross-linguistic study

Gonia Jarema, Céline Busson, Rossitza Nikolova, Kyrana Tsapkini, Gary Libben

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This study explores the role of semantic transparency and morphological headedness in the on-line visual recognition of French and Bulgarian compounds using a constituent repetition priming paradigm. The results reported show significant constituent priming effects for both languages. Moreover, distinct priming patterns emerged, demonstrating that the semantic transparency of individual constituents, their position in the string, and morphological headedness interact in the processing of compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-369
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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