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Conjugations and Complex Stems in Spanish Verbs: Generalization Properties and Priming Effects

Rafael Linares

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.003.0009
                             Conjugations and Complex Stems in Spanish Verbs: Generalization Properties and Priming Effects

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In two related experiments on Spanish verbs we investigated: (1) elicited production: the generalization properties of regular 1st and 2nd conjugation, and irregular 2nd conjugation past participle stem‐patterns; and (2) masked priming: morphological decomposition during lexical access in 1st conjugation stems. The results obtained support the identification of the 1st conjugation pattern as the default for stem formation in Spanish verbs. Results from experiment 1 also suggest that 2nd conjugation stems are also rule‐based, since they overgeneralize within their own conjugation independently from phonological similarity. General results also lend support to the autonomy of the morphological component of grammar.

Keywords: elicited production; masked priming experiment; morphological decomposition; lexical access; default class

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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