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Dynamics of the auditory comprehension of prefixed words: Cohort entropies and Conditional Root Uniqueness Points

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This auditory lexical decision study shows that cohort entropies, conditional root uniqueness points, and morphological family size all contribute to the dynamics of the auditory comprehension of prefixed words. Three entropy measures calculated for different positions in the stem of Dutch prefixed words revealed facilitation for higher entropies, except at the point of disambiguation, where we observed inhibition. Morphological family size was also facilitatory, but only for prefixed words in which the conditional root uniqueness point coincided with the conventional uniqueness point. For words with early conditional disambiguation, in contrast, only the morphologically related words that were onset-aligned with the target word facilitated lexical decision.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Wayne State University, Detroit, USA 2: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 3: Radboud University Nijmegen

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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