Interactive activation accounts of morphological decomposition: Finding the trap in mousetrap?

  • Andrews S
  • Davis C
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Abstract

Many accounts of the processing of morphologically complex words have been elaborated within the interactive activation model of word identification. Conceptually, this model adopts a 'segmentation-through- recognition' approach to morphological decomposition, which assumes that a complex word activates representations of constituent morphemes as well as the representation of the whole word. However, a detailed consideration of the assumptions of interactive activation frameworks reveals that current implementations of the model are incapable of achieving segmentation-through- recognition.

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  • Computational models
  • Interactive activation
  • Morphological decomposition
  • Word recognition

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Authors

  • Sally Andrews

  • Colin Davis

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