Two experiments showed that, when processing consonant clusters of their native language, the speakers are sensitive to the presence of a morphemic boundary at some point of the cluster. In the first experiment, words with tri-consonantal final cluster had to be produced by inserting an /i/ in the cluster; the clusters containing a morpheme boundary were more frequently split according to the position of the boundary while the corresponding clusters included in a mono-morphemic word were split according to different options. In the second experiment, the subjects had to detect tri-consonantal clusters while a series of German words was auditorily presented; clusters included in monomorphemic words were easier to detect than homophonous clusters which spanned a morpheme boundary. The impact of morphonotactics on cluster processing was stronger on adolescents than on adults in Experiment 1. The results thus indicated that in offline and online processing of phonotactic structures, morphological information can be available and impact on the recognition and manipulation of clusters.

Phonotactic processing and morpheme boundaries: Wordfinal /Cst/ clusters in German

CELATA, Chiara;RICCI, Irene;
2015

Abstract

Two experiments showed that, when processing consonant clusters of their native language, the speakers are sensitive to the presence of a morphemic boundary at some point of the cluster. In the first experiment, words with tri-consonantal final cluster had to be produced by inserting an /i/ in the cluster; the clusters containing a morpheme boundary were more frequently split according to the position of the boundary while the corresponding clusters included in a mono-morphemic word were split according to different options. In the second experiment, the subjects had to detect tri-consonantal clusters while a series of German words was auditorily presented; clusters included in monomorphemic words were easier to detect than homophonous clusters which spanned a morpheme boundary. The impact of morphonotactics on cluster processing was stronger on adolescents than on adults in Experiment 1. The results thus indicated that in offline and online processing of phonotactic structures, morphological information can be available and impact on the recognition and manipulation of clusters.
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