Studies in Polish Linguistics

The Role of Semantic Transparency in the Processing of Compound Words in Polish: Evidence from a Masked Priming Experiment

Publication date: 31.10.2017

Studies in Polish Linguistics, Volume 12 (2017), Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp. 145 - 171



Krzysztof Hwaszcz
University of Wrocław, plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
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Dorota Klimek-Jankowska
University of Wrocław, plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
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The main goal of the reported study is to test the cross-linguistic validity of the existing psycholinguistic models of morphological processing by contributing the results of a masked priming lexical decision experiment on the processing of Polish semantically transparent and opaque compounds. All these models are concerned with the question of whether morphologically complex words are decomposed during online processing or whether they are stored as chunks in the mental lexicon. We contribute new data from Polish showing that reaction times to target words semantically related to the heads of transparent compounds were significantly faster than to target words semantically related to the heads of opaque compounds in Polish. This may be interpreted as evidence in favour of the view that semantically transparent compound words are decomposed and we access the lemmas of their constituent elements whereas semantically opaque compounds are not decomposed and there is no access to their constituent lemmas.


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The Role of Semantic Transparency in the Processing of Compound Words in Polish: Evidence from a Masked Priming Experiment



Krzysztof Hwaszcz
University of Wrocław, plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2136-5001 Orcid
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University of Wrocław, plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland


Dorota Klimek-Jankowska
University of Wrocław, plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3102-1384 Orcid
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University of Wrocław, plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland

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