Morphological Processing and Relative Frequency

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Morphological Processing and Relative Frequency

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Morphological Processing and Relative Frequency
Author: Stolte, Ilse Louise
Issue Date: 2017-11-30
Keywords: morphology
Abstract: Most researchers agree that frequency plays a role during the processing or accessing of words. Hay (2001) argues that there is a type of frequency called relative frequency which has an important effect on the processing of derived forms through a two-route model of morphological processing. She argues that complex forms with a frequency lower than the frequency of their base forms (e.g. uncommon) are more likely to be perceived as decomposable than a complex form with a higher frequency than the frequency of their base words (e.g. uncanny). She reports the results of an experiment which provides evidence for this view. Since it is reasonable to assume that these relative frequency effects also occur in other languages, I replicated her experiment for Dutch. The results of my experiment suggest that relative frequency effects are observed in the processing of Dutch derived forms.
Supervisor: Botma, Bert
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Engelse Taal en Cultuur (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Linguistics
ECTS Credits: 10

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