Allomorphic responses in Serbian pseudo-nouns as a result of analogical learning

Petar Milin*, Emmanuel Keuleers, Dusica Filipovic Durdevic

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Abstract

Allomorphy is a phenomenon that occurs in many languages. Several psycholinguistic studies have shown that allomorphy, if present, co-determines cognitive processing. In the present paper we discuss allomorphic variations of Serbian instrumental singular form of pseudo-nouns as emerging from analogical learning. We compare the predictions derived from memory-based language processing models with results from a previous experimental study with adult Serbian native speakers. Results confirm that the production of suffix allomorphs in Serbian instrumental singular masculine nouns can be accounted for by memory-based learning and simple analogical inferences. The present findings are in line with a growing body of research showing that memory-based learning models make relevant predictions about the cognitive processes involved in various linguistic phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalActa Linguistica Hungarica
Volume58
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • allomorphy
  • memory-based learning
  • analogy
  • wug test
  • Serbian
  • MENTAL LEXICON
  • SINGLE-ROUTE
  • MORPHOLOGY
  • REPRESENTATION
  • INFLECTION

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