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Interaction between phonological and grammatical processing in single word production in Kiswahili

Alcock, K. J. and Ngorosho, D (2004) Interaction between phonological and grammatical processing in single word production in Kiswahili. Language and Speech, 47 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 0023-8309

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    Grammatical priming of picture naming was investigated in Kiswahili, which has a complex grammatical noun class system (a system like grammatical gender), with up to 15 noun classes that have obligatory agreements on adjectives, verbs, pronouns and other parts of speech. Participants heard a grammatically agreeing (concordant), nonagreeing (discordant) or neutral prime before seeing a picture of a common object and being asked to name the object. Priming was found, with naming following concordant primes being faster than naming following the neutral prime ('say'). However, more interestingly, effects were found such that where two noun classes share a prefix, the grammatical prime from each of these two noun classes also primed words that have the same prefix but are not in the same noun class, and hence for which the prime was not grammatical. It is concluded that the prime appears to be facilitating the phonological form of the prefix rather than the syntacto-semantic group of words that are known as a noun class, and that the phonological form associated with a grammatical entity may be more significant in its processing than has previously been supposed.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Language and Speech
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Noun ; Noun class
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 8790
    Deposited By: Dr Katherine Alcock
    Deposited On: 19 Jun 2008 09:12
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 18 Aug 2017 01:54
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