Christina Manouilidou, Angela Ralli, Konstantina Kordouli

Coordinative compounds in Greek: lexical access and representation

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Keywords: compounds, headedness, lexical access, mental lexicon, priming.

Two lexical decision tasks, one with overt and one with masked priming, were carried out in order to explore lexical access and mental representation of coordinative compounds in Modern Greek. Results of both experiments showed strong priming effects in both first and second constituent recognition when primed by the whole compound, pointing to lexical access through robust decomposition and, consequently, a structured mental representation where both constituents contribute equally. The study provides some initial insights about coordination at the lexical level and also discusses the role of different relational information between constituents during lexical access of compounds.

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