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Whole-word frequency effects in English masked priming: Very little CORN in CORNER and CORNET

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  • The question whether complex words, including pseudocomplex words (e.g., corn+er), are obligatorily segmented into existing morphemes (e.g., [24]) has been the topic of a large body of past morphological processing research. A recent line of studies finds consistent effects of the whole-word already early on in the processing (e.g., [11,20]), challenging the obligatory decomposition view. In our current masked priming study with native speakers of English, participants showed facilitation for true morphological relations only as neither corner or cornet words produced significant priming. Additionally, frequency of the target and the prime affected processing of real and pseudo morphology differently.

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