L2 processing of Arabic derivational morphology
Kira Gor |
University of Maryland, College Park
The current study examined how non-native speakers process the highly productive derivational morphology of Arabic in which, in
contrast to Indo-European languages, word formation involves interleaving a root and template structure. Previous research shows
that native speakers of Arabic decompose morphologically complex words in lexical processing. Using cross-modal priming, the
current study shows that non-native speakers of Arabic (L1 English) also decompose derived forms such that there is priming
between words that share a common root which is not due to semantic or phonological overlap. In spite of the typological distance,
native English speakers organize their L2 Arabic lexicons in a manner similar to native Arabic speakers.
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