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Morphologically mediated effect of syntactic diversity

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  • In the mental lexicon words are connected to each other through various paths. We explore how a word’s representation might be accessed, depending on its syntactic properties and shared formal properties with other members of a morphological family. Morphological families of verbs in Russian are primarily related through processes of prefixation and suffixation. Based on the changes that these two processes introduce to the derivational paradigm and the base word’s syntactic distribution, we expect to observe a resultant adjustment of the lexical access to the family’s stem. We used the data obtained in two priming studies of morphologically related verbs in Russian. The results account for a facilitative effect of the syntactic variability of a stem verb observed after pre-activation of the suffixed relative, while that of the prefixed verb showed an inhibitory influence.

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