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Seminar Abstract

Morphological processing in speech production: The case of compounding. (CLaS-CCD Research Colloquium Series)

Speaker : Professor Niels Schiller, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Date : 16th of October 2018, 11:00AM until 12:00PM
Location : Australian Hearing Hub, Level 3, 3.610, Macquarie University.

    This talk will be about how we plan and produce speech. More specifically, how do we put together words and sentences and what are the linguistic units that need to be activated and retrieved from long-term memory. Words can consist of smaller meaningful elements called “morphemes”, e.g. the English compound dishwasher consisting of dish (meaning: ‘dirty dishes’) and washer (derived from ‘to wash’; meaning: ‘to clean’). How do we represent words like dishwasher in our memory – as one holistic entity or do we (also) store the morphemes dish, wash, and the suffix -er separately? The present series of studies investigated morphological priming as well as its time course and neural correlates in overt speech production using a long-lag priming paradigm. Behavioural (reaction time), event-related potential (ERP), and neuroimaging (fMRI) data were collected in separate sessions. Recently, we extended our research to multilingual participants. I will report about five different studies which show an extremely coherent picture and argue for a separate level of morphological processing in language production planning.

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