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Sandra, Dominiek: Morphology in the reader's mental lexicon. II/144 S. - Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Bern / New York / Paris / Wien: Lang, 1994.
ISBN: 3-631-44251-3

The work addresses the question whether morphemes play a role in lexical representation and processing. Three hypotheses can be entertained: (i) morphemes (or a particular morpheme like the root) might be needed to access a representation of the whole word, or (ii) be used to express morphological relatedness at a postaccess level, or (iii) be used to determine the meaning of the word. These hypotheses are tested against experimental data on inflectional, derivational and compound morphology. The emerging picture is of a lexical architecture with two parallel access routes: one making use of whole-word access representations and postaccess connections between morphosemantically related words and another one in which the meaning of the whole word is computed from its morphemes.


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Preface S. I
Chapter 1: The psycholinguistic framework
1.   Introduction S. 1
2.   Modelling the mental lexicon S. 2
3.   Polymorphemic words and the mental lexicon S. 11
4.   Plausible research factors S. 25
5.   Methodology for the study of the mental lexicon S. 31
6.   Summary S. 39
Chapter 2: Inflectional morphology
1.   Theoretical considerations S. 41
2.   Regularly inflected forms S. 43
3.   Irregularly inflected forms S. 56
4.   Conclusions S. 58
Chapter 3: Derivational morphology
1.   Theoretical considerations S. 61
2.   Prefixed words S. 65
3.   Suffixed words S. 92
4.   Concluding remarks S. 99
Chapter 4: Compound morphology
1.   Theoretical considerations S. 103
2.   Experimental data S. 106
3.   Conclusions S. 121
Chapter 5: Concluding remarks
1.   Evidence for morphological effects S. 123
2.   The locus of morphological effects S. 124
3.   The motivation behind the representation of morphology S. 128
4.   Summary S. 130
References S. 133