Processing English Compounds in the First and Second Language: The Influence of the Middle Morpheme. 指導教授：鍾榮富教授 Reporter：NA1C0008 陳慧齡. Introduction . A compound is made up of two or more words concatenated to form another word e.g., pan and cake→pancake
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Processing English Compounds in the Firstand Second Language: The Influenceof the Middle Morpheme
1. Will compounds containing possessive nouns be processed more quickly than compounds containing plural nouns?
2. Will the same preferences as shown by native speakers (NSs) be manifest by nonnative speakers (NNSs) who have had considerably less exposure to the input?
3. Will compounds in which the first noun ends in /s/ (/z/), whether it is the plural form or not, be processed more slowly than compounds that do not include a first noun ending in /s/ (/z/)? Will this difference (if observed) be manifested by the NNSs who have had significantly less exposure to English? Assuming that the role of exposure is a critical variable, then one might predict that the L2 learners will not show this preference in the LDT task.
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