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Testing the Stem Dominance Hypothesis: Meaning Analysis of Inflected Words and Prepositional Phrases
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German, Finnish.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German, Finnish.
2014 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 9, no 3, e93136- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We tested the hypothesis that lexical-semantic access of inflected words is governed by the word stem. Object drawings overlaid with a dot/arrow marking position/movement were matched with corresponding linguistic expressions like from the house. To test whether the stem dominates lexical-semantic access irrespective of its position, we used Swedish prepositional phrases (locative information via preposition immediately preceding the stem) or Finnish case-inflected words (locative information via suffix immediately following the stem). Both in monolingual Swedish and in bilingual Finnish-Swedish speakers, correct stems with incorrect prepositions/case-endings were hardest to reject. This finding supports the view that the stem is indeed the dominant unit in meaning access of inflected words.

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2014. Vol. 9, no 3, e93136- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103295DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093136ISI: 000333677500081OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-103295DiVA: diva2:717937
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Available from: 2014-05-19 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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