Exploring a second language - The discovery of morphological productivity

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    A dynamic approach to the acquisition of morphologically complex words assumes that, initially, all words are interpreted holistically. At later stages of acquisition, increasingly more words are analyzed and morphological regularities are discovered. When productivity is defined as the chance that a newly formed word is produced on the basis of a particular affix (Baayen and Lieber 1991), discovering morphological regularity can be interpreted as discovering productivity. This study finds evidence that contradicts an earlier study (Lowie 2000) which suggested that morphological productivity starts playing a role only at the most advanced levels of acquisition. The current study used response latencies to test productivity cross-sectionally by comparing English native speaker response rates to those of Dutch learners of English at different levels of proficiency. Using this paradigm, productivity was evident from the earliest stages of acquisition and, at advanced levels, awareness was found even of the productivity of marginally productive affixes.

    Originele taal-2English
    TitelEUROSLA Yearbook, Vol 5 2005
    RedacteurenSusan H. Foster-Cohen, María del Pilar Garcia Mayo, Jasone Cenoz
    Plaats van productieAMSTERDAM ME
    UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishers
    Pagina's251-268
    Aantal pagina's18
    ISBN van geprinte versie90-272-5455-9
    StatusPublished - 2005
    Evenement14th EUROSLA Conference 2004 - , Spain
    Duur: 8-sep-200411-sep-2004

    Publicatie series

    NaamEUROSLA YEARBOOK
    UitgeverijJOHN BENJAMINS B V PUBL
    Volume5
    ISSN van geprinte versie1568-1491

    Other

    Other14th EUROSLA Conference 2004
    Land/RegioSpain
    Periode08/09/200411/09/2004

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