Word frequency and morphological processing in Finnish revisited

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Abstract:

The aims of the present study were to investigate the effects of word frequency on morphological processing of inflected words in Finnish, and to re-test previous results obtained for high frequency inflected words in Finnish which suggest that inflected words of high frequency might have full-form representations in the mental lexicon. Our results from three visual lexical decision experiments with monolingual Finnish speakers suggest that only very high frequency inflected Finnish words have full-form representations. This finding differs from results obtained from related studies in morphologically more limited Indo-European languages, in which full-form representations for inflected words seem to exist at a much lower level of frequency than in the morphologically rich Finnish language.

Keywords: FINNISH; LEXICAL ACCESS; LEXICAL DECISION; MORPHOLOGICAL PROCESSING; WORD FREQUENCY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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