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Contributions of linguistic typology to psycholinguistics

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From the journal Linguistic Typology


This article first outlines different ways of how psycholinguists have dealt with linguistic diversity and illustrates these approaches with three familiar cases from research on language processing, language acquisition, and language disorders. The second part focuses on the role of morphology and morphological variability across languages for psycholinguistic research. The specific phenomena to be examined are to do with stem-formation morphology and inflectional classes; they illustrate how experimental research that is informed by linguistic typology can lead to new insights.


Supported by an Alexander-von-Humboldt-Professorship. I wish to thank the members of the Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism (PRIM), particularly João Veríssimo, Yael Farhy, and Claudia Felser for helpful comments on the present article.



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Received: 2016-8-30
Revised: 2016-9-25
Published Online: 2016-12-23
Published in Print: 2016-12-1

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