Inquiry into the decomposition view of lexical competence

Çubukçu, Feryal: Inquiry into the decomposition view of lexical competence. In: EduLingua, (5) 1. pp. 57-65. (2019)

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Psycholinguists are interested in how words are stored in human memory. The question as to whether words are stored as single root words or whether they are stored along with the affixes still remains a controversial issue. Aitchison (1987) believes that each word has a separate entry. Mackay (1978) and Taft (1981) hold that words are made of constituent morphemes. When we listen, we decompose the morphemes and when we speak, we combine them to make multimorphemic words. The decomposition view claims that only the root is stored in memory. To test this claim, a group of 50 intermediate level students at the preparatory department of a state university situated on the western coast of Turkey were selected. They were taught 10 pseudo root nouns and verbs and 10 psuedo complex nouns and verbs. To see how the morphological complexity affected lexical access and which type of words were better remembered, they were tested on these words. Then the same group was given 10 root and 10 complex words in their mother tongue and their answer times were compared. Students recalled the root words more easily and accurately.The results shed light on the validity of the decomposition theory, showcasing we remember the words in roots better.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: EduLingua
Date: 2019
Volume: 5
Number: 1
ISSN: 2415-945X
Page Range: pp. 57-65
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pszicholingvisztika - nyelvtanulás
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 63-65. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 31. 08:36
Last Modified: 2019. May. 31. 08:36

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