Abstract

Scharinger, M., Eulitz, C., & Lahiri, A. (2010). Mismatch Negativity effects of alternating vowels in morphologically complex word forms. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 23(4), 383-399.

Mismatch Negativity effects of alternating vowels in morphologically complex word forms

Asymmetries in language and speech processing are relatively common. A quite productive vowel alternation in German, resulting in a fronting of back vowels (e.g. [o] ' [O]), is also asymmetric in that the process is clearly directed and not reversible. We assume that this alternation has repercussion for the lexical representation of the underlying vowels participating in the alternation. Couched in our model of abstract representations, we predict asymmetries in activation if we compare alternating with non-alternating stems. Two Event-Related Potential studies reflected the predicted effects in asymmetric Mismatch Negativity amplitude and latency patterns.



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