Ten years ago, a group of researchers investigating the processing of morphological information met in the south of France to discuss how morphology affects word recognition, perception and production from a cross-linguistic perspective. This special issue is the fourth volume to expose the results of this on-going research effort.
The volume begins with a comprehensive review of the nature of morphological priming, followed by a series of experimental papers that examine morphological processing in a variety of languages such as English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Chinese, and Spanish. The parallel monitoring of morphological processing in reading, speech perception and production, using a wide array of experimental methods such as masked priming, long-term priming, the monitoring of eye movements, and the recording of electrophysiological activity, provides converging evidence regarding the nature of morphemic representations in the various languages.
The cross-linguistic perspective that characterizes the research effort of the present volume, as well as the previous ones, is used to investigate whether there are qualitative differences in the principles of lexical organization and lexical processing in different alphabetic orthographies that arise from qualitative differences in morphological structure.
R. Frost, J. Grainger, M. Carreiras, Advances in Morphological Processing: An Introduction. K. Rastle, M. Davis, Morphological Decomposition Based on the Analysis of Orthography. J. Rueckl, K. Aicher, D. Yovanovitch, Are CORNER and BROTHER Morphologically Complex? Not in the Long Term. J.A. Duñabeitia, M. Perea, M. Carreiras, Does Darkness Lead to Happiness? Masked Suffix Priming Effects. J. Morris, J. Grainger, P.J. Holcomb, An Electrophysiological Investigation of Early Effects of Masked Morphological Priming. B. Juhasz, The Processing of Compound Words in English: Effects of Word Length on Eye Movements During Reading. V. Kuperman, R. Bertran, H. Baayen, Morphological Effects in Auditory Word Recognition: Evidence from Danish. A. Pollatsek, T. Slattery, B. Juhasz, The Processing of Novel and Lexicalized Prefixed Words in Reading. L. Balling, H. Baayen, Morphological Effects in Auditory Word Recognition: Evidence from Danish. N. Janssen, Y. Bi, A. Caramazza, A Tale of Two Frequencies: Determining the Speed of Lexical Access for Mandarin Chinese and English Compounds.