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The time course of lexical access in morphologically complex words.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20145576     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Compounding, the concatenation of words (e.g. dishwasher), is an important mechanism across many languages. This study investigated whether access of initial compound constituents occurs immediately or, alternatively, whether it is delayed until the last constituent (i.e. the head). Electroencephalogram was measured as participants listened to German two-constituent compounds. Both the initial as well as the following head constituent could consist of either a word or nonword, resulting in four experimental conditions. Results showed a larger N400 for initial nonword constituents, suggesting that lexical access was attempted before the head. Thus, this study provides direct evidence that lexical access of transparent compound constituents in German occurs immediately, and is not delayed until the compound head is encountered.
Henning Holle; Thomas C Gunter; Dirk Koester
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroreport     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1473-558X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuroreport     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-11     Completed Date:  2010-06-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100935     Medline TA:  Neuroreport     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Brain / physiology*
Evoked Potentials
Language Tests
Speech Perception / physiology*
Time Factors
Young Adult

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