Article published in:Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics: Papers from the annual symposia on Arabic Linguistics. Volume XXII–XXIII: College Park, Maryland, 2008 and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2009
Edited by Ellen Broselow and Hamid Ouali
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 317] 2011
► pp. 203–244
Probability matching in Arabic and Romance morphology
This study investigates the role of probability matching in the selection of morphological lexical representations by adults. Whereas children rely on application of a morphological default that results in regularization, adults match probabilities with pre-existing lexical distributions. This hypothesis is supported with a series of case studies involving grammatical gender assignment to loanwords from Arabic to Iberian Romance and vice versa, and pluralization in second-language acquisition of Arabic.
Published online: 21 December 2011
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Walter, Mary Ann
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