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Morphological priming in child German

  • Regular and irregular inflection in children's production has been examined in many previous studies. Yet, little is known about the processes involved in children's recognition of inflected words. To gain insight into how children process inflected words, the current study examines regular -t and irregular -n participles of German using the cross-modal priming technique testing 108 monolingual German-speaking children in two age groups (group I, mean age: 8;4, group II, mean age: 9;9) and a control group of.. adults. Although both age groups of children had the same full priming effect as adults for -t forms, only children of age group II showed an adult-like (partial) priming effect for -n participles. We argue that children (within the age range tested) employ the same mechanisms for regular inflection as adults but that the lexical retrieval processes required for irregular forms become more efficient when children get older.

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Author:Harald ClahsenORCiDGND, Elisabeth FleischhauerORCiD
Parent Title (English):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (529)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2019/02/12
Year of Completion:2014
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2019/02/12
Tag:acquisition norms; age; complex words; english; inflected words; mental lexicon; participles; readers; regularity; representation
First Page:1305
Last Page:1333
Source:Journal of Child Language 41 (2014) 6, pp.1305–1333 DOI 10.1017/S0305000913000494 DDC: 400 Sprache
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle