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Volume 20, Issue 3


Contributions of linguistic typology to psycholinguistics

Harald Clahsen
  • Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, Universität Potsdam, Campus Golm, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24–25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
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Published Online: 2016-12-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2016-0031


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.


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About the article

Received: 2016-08-30

Revised: 2016-09-25

Published Online: 2016-12-23

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages 599–614, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2016-0031.

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