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Processing English Compounds in the First and Second Language: The Influence of the Middle Morpheme

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Native English speakers tend to exclude regular plural inflection when producing English noun-noun compounds (e.g., rat-eater not rats-eater) while allowing irregular plural inflection within compounds (e.g., mice-eater) (Clahsen, 1995; Gordon, 1985; Hayes, Smith and Murphy, 2005; Lardiere, 1995; Murphy, 2000). Exposure to the input alone has been considered insufficient to explain this dissociation between regular and irregular plurals in compounds because naturally occurring compounds in En...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Education
Role:
Author
Journal:
LANGUAGE LEARNING
Volume:
60
Issue:
1
Pages:
194-220
Publication date:
2010-03-05
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EISSN:
1467-9922
ISSN:
0023-8333
URN:
uuid:ab7e18c6-6adf-480c-9415-f3b0958975aa
Source identifiers:
132137
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pubs:132137

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