Producing morphologically complex words: An ERP study with children and adults
Budd, M., Paulmann, Silke, Barry, Christopher and Clahsen, Harald 2014. Producing morphologically complex words: An ERP study with children and adults. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 12 (Apr.), pp. 51-60.
|Authors||Budd, M., Paulmann, Silke, Barry, Christopher and Clahsen, Harald|
A widely studied morphological phenomenon in psycholinguistic research is the plurals-inside-compounds effect in English, which is the avoidance of regular plural modifiers within compounds (e.g., *rats hunter). The current study employs event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to investigate the production of plurals-inside-compounds in children and adults. We specifically examined the ERP correlates of producing morphologically complex words in 8-year-olds, 12-year-olds and adults, by recording ERPs during the silent production of compounds with plural or singular modifiers. Results for both children and adults revealed a negativity in response to compounds produced from regular plural forms when compared to compounds formed from irregular plurals, indicating a highly specific brain response to a subtle linguistic contrast. Although children performed behaviourally with an adult-like pattern in the task, we found a broader distribution and a considerably later latency in children's brain potentials than in adults’, indicating that even in late childhood the brain networks involved in language processing are subject to subtle developmental changes.
|Keywords||ERPs; Morphology; Linguistics; Language production|
|Journal||Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience|
|Journal citation||12 (Apr.), pp. 51-60|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2014.11.002|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2014.11.002|
|26 Nov 2014|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||07 Jun 2017|
|Accepted||19 Nov 2014|
|Copyright information||© 2014 Elsevier|
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