Processing French: A Psycholinguistic Perspective (Yale by Peter Golato

By Peter Golato

Processing French offers a groundbreaking empirical research of the processing of morphologically basic and complicated French words.  Peter Golato's examine bargains an insightful account of the lexical garage and retrieval of remoted phrases and phrases inside sentences.

Processing French investigates the native-language processing of French, a language for which findings haven't definitively supported a dual-mechanism account of morphological processing.  via note- and sentence-level reports, the ebook accomplishes targets. First, it deals behavioral proof in help of a dual-mechanism processing account on the notice point. unlike English, despite the fact that, the proof with French doesn't flip upon a distinction in inflectional regularity between verbs yet as an alternative hinges upon a diachronic distinction, with synchronic relevance, within the productiveness of derivational suffixes between nouns.  moment, via incorporating the findings of the word-level experiences into sentence-level studies, the book offers a window onto the morphological processing of displaced sentential components, particularly morphologically basic and complicated wh-moved nouns and raised lexical verbs.

Peter Golato is assistant professor of French on the college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"Processing French is decidedly unique, and it's both and decidedly sound.  This e-book makes an excellent shelf reference for anyone operating in psycholinguistics, first- and second-language acquisition, and the syntactic learn of French...and attracts a few interesting conclusions approximately what may rather be at play in human language acquisition." -Fred Davidson, college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Studies have in fact been conducted with languages including German, Italian, and French, with mixed results. , ; Sonnenstuhl, Eisenbeiss, and Clahsen, ; ). By and large, the results from the German studies have been interpreted as supporting a dual-mechanism model of morphological processing. In contrast, studies conducted with Romance languages have not yielded results consistent with the dual-mechanism hypothesis. Using cross-modal priming and elicitation of inflected forms, Orsolini and Marslen-Wilson () examined the morphological processing of Italian past definite and past participle forms.

Symbolic) approaches to the learning and mental representation of language. Symbolically oriented researchers were quick to respond to the connectionists’ claims. In fact, an entire special issue of the journal Cognition was devoted to a critical examination of connectionism (volume , ). In that special issue, Steven Pinker and Alan Prince (Pinker and Prince, ) published a critique of Rumelhart and McClelland’s study in which nearly a dozen objections were raised, pertaining to virtually all of the findings obtained with the neural network.

Differently stated, regular and irregular inflection should be psychologically distinguishable. Pinker (), Ullman (a), and Pinker and Ullman () all offer evidence not only of the psychological separability of regular and irregular English inflectional processes, but also of their distributional and neurological separability. In the present work, I will be focusing on the applicability of words and rules theory to the online processing of French. As a backdrop to the experiments that I report in chapters  – , I will first introduce the notion of priming in the context of online studies.

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