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Categorical Properties of Italian Verbs in Written Word Recognition

By Maria De Martino and Alessandro Laudanna

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The study addresses the issue of lexical representation of inflected Italian verbal forms. Linguistic and experimental data suggest the existence of differences in lexical processing of verbs depending on morphological factors. We aimed at verifying whether lexical organization of verbs in the mental lexicon is affected by information about the grammatical category of mood. Two unmasked priming lexical decision experiments were carried out with different SOAs. Primetarget pairs composed of inflected verbs sharing or not mood information were compared. A number of control conditions were also included. The results show that information about mood becomes available in the early stages of lexical processing of verbs, but it is likely to induce priming effects a few hundred milliseconds after its pre-activation. This pattern provides evidence that mood is represented in the input component(s) and is an organizational criterion for verbal forms in the lexicon

Topics: verbs, mood, priming, written word recognition
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:www.openstarts.units.it:10077/10528
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