Compound Processing in Non-native Speakers: Constituent priming and compound representation


Abstract  Researchers generally agree that native speakers are sensitive to the internal structure of complex words, and that this entails the presence of morphologically structured entries for these items in the lexicon. When it comes to non-native speakers, however, the evidence is mixed. In this study, morphological compositionality was assessed through a lexical decision task using the masked constituent priming paradigm. Results suggest that (upper intermediate to advanced) non-native speakers have morphologically structured lexical representations in their L2 that mirror those of native speakers.

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